Be Mindful or Your Poker Nuts Could Get Crushed!

Sunday, 2. September 2012

The roots of the phrase "poker nuts" are unsure although it’s thought to have been dirived from old jargon meaning "delightful factor, practice or experience". It is often a "delightful thing" obviously, because in Hold’em the poker nuts could be the finest achievable hand that you can have at any level in the game.

If you have the nuts, you can not be outdone…at that level in the hand. This will be the essential factor that a lot of unskilled gamblers fail to take account of, the nuts can move from 1 gambler to an additional and your hands which was the nuts previous on can end up being crushed!

The following example ought to show the fickle nature of the cards in Texas holdem poker and how your nuts can quickly turn to pulp!

You’re betting a palm of Texas holdem poker and there are three players still in the casino game at the flop. You receive dealt five of clubs, 8 of diamonds; Amy has 5 of spades, five of clubs and Mike’s hands is King, 9 of hearts.

The flop is dealt and the cards are 9 of hearts, six of hearts and 5 of diamonds. This is a good flop for you – you’ve got the poker nuts! At this point you may have a straight – 5, six, 7, 8, nine – which can not be defeated by any other mixture of cards.

Now you choose to "slow play" your hand and try to draw a wager from somebody using a great pair who will like this flop, so you simply check. Amy likes the look of her side now as she’s flopped 3 5s so she makes a bet which is named by Mike as he now has a pair of 9s that has a King kicker. You like the way it’s going so you call the wager.

The turn card is Ace of hearts. Mike is now smiling to himself as he has just been able to make the poker nuts which has a flush, his 2 hearts in his palm plus the three on the table with Ace King great now give him an unequalled hand. Mike bets as he knows he has got the nuts but he wants to extract the max cash from the table so he maintains his bet low sufficient to obtain called. You even now feel you are succeeding together with the straight, in reality the Ace has strengthened that opinion as you now reckon Mike probably has an Ace in his side and perhaps even 2 pairs.

He’s dropped into your trap! Or so you think.

The river is dealt and it’s the five of hearts. It is a blow to you as you’ll find now 4 hearts on view, so anyone with a heart is beating you with a flush. Mike is happy with all the 5 as he still feels he is winning with the top flush, although his opponents may perhaps also have produced a flush and believe they’re winning. Amy naturally would be the real winner as she has just made the nuts with 4 5 spades, her 4 of the form can only be beaten by a directly flush or a better 4 of a kind. There aren’t enough connected hearts showing around the table to make a directly flush and there is not another pair showing so it is impossible to make 4 of a kind.

Amy wins the pot while you and Mike reflect on what must have been.

Both of you held the poker nuts at one point in the game but failed to realise that the poker nuts – along with your fortunes – in Holdem can change entirely with one turn of the card.

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