What do you think of when you look down at Texas Hold’em Flush AT? Some people like it, some people hate it. But there is no doubt that if you play well, flush AT may be a very profitable hole card.
In this article, I will introduce how to play AT flush in different pre-flop situations and how to deal with different post-flop situations.
Texas Hold’em Flush AT Preflop
The Texas Hold’em Flush AT is a strong hand. Because it ranks in the top 12% of all starting hands. So you should use it to raise first in any position.
Raise first against
In most occasions, flush ATs can 3-bet or call when facing the first raise from a favorable position.
The only occasion you have to be careful is when you are against a raiser from UTG position or UTG+1 position. In this case, you can raise, call or fold with a certain frequency. Except at the button position, you can 3-bet or call at that position (don’t fold). The following is a schematic diagram of the location of a nine-person table:
In all other situations, flush AT can either call or 3-bet. In this article, I will delve into the use of hybrid strategies in advantageous positions. And the pros and cons of the “3-bet or fold” strategy.
When you play in the small blind, you should always 3-bet with this hand. When you play in the big blind, flush ATs often use a mixed strategy against different first raises from different positions. You suggest you use it to 3-bet instead of calling. But it depends on your decision.
When you first raise and then encounter a 3-bet, you have several options: call, 4-bet, fold. No matter where you are, these selected EVs are similar. Against a well-structured 3-bet range, situations, where it is obvious to continue the game, are:
In the CO position against a position from the button position, small blind position, or big blind position.
When playing as a button player against a 3-bet from a blind player.
How often you should 4-bet bluffs with this hand depends on your opponent’s 3-bet frequency. The lower your opponent’s 3-bet frequency, the less you should bluff with flush ATs. Because he has a stronger range, he is unlikely to fold enough.
I suggest that most of you simply give up this hand every time you encounter a 4-bet. Especially when playing live poker. You rarely need to defend with this hand. Most players don’t have a balanced 4-bet range.
Three Tips for the Flop of Texas Hold’em Flush AT
When you are in a single-raise pot as a disadvantaged preflop raiser. When the flop is 10 high and the connectivity is good, you should consider checking with your top pair.
Regarding this technique, I’m talking about you being the first to raise from the small blind and being called by the big blind. And the flop is as follows:
T♠ 9♠ 8♥ A on the flop♣ T♣
T♣ 7♣ 6♦ A♥ T♥ on the flop
These flops favor players with positional advantages for several reasons:
- Although the winning percentage is very close to 55, the big blind player has the strategic advantage of always being the last action. This allows him to achieve pot equity better than his opponents.
- The higher chip pot ratio increases the advantage of the big blind opponent’s pot equity.
You almost always bet when you hit the top pair in a favorable position.
On almost all flops, you have a range advantage as a preflop raiser. Your top pair (whether it’s an Ace or a 10) is almost always strong enough to bet on the flop. It is also often strong enough to make a second bet on the turn as part of a polarization strategy. example:
A♣ 8♥ 4♠The flop of A♦ T♦
T♣ 9♣ 2♦ A on the flop♠ T♠
You almost always place a bet when you hit a pair in a favorable position. These strong pairs play well as continuous betting on the flop.
This is because it is the strongest second pair. So it benefits from gaining value and rejecting equity. Occasionally, it will give you some turn cards to make your overall strategy more reliable. example:
Q♣ T♥ 3♠A on the flop ♦ T♦
J♠ T ♠ 5♥ A on the flop♣ T♣
Three Tips for Missing the Flop of Flush AT
Always bet when you hit a draw in a favorable position.
You should normally use your draws (flush draws or straight draws) to continue betting on the flop. Because they have a good chance of improving to the best hand on the river and winning a big pot. This also balances your continuation betting range and makes it harder for you to fight. For example:
J♥ 7♣ 2♥ A♥ T♥ on the flop
K♠ Q♣ 9♦ A♠ T♠ on the flop
When you have a double backdoor draw in a favorable position, always bet on the flop.
This technique is closely related to technique 1. Cards with a backdoor flush draw and backdoor straight draws can not only balance the range on the flop. You can also balance the range on the turn, otherwise your range will be under bluffing. example:
Q♦ 9♥ 7♠A♦ T♦ on the flop
J♠ 8♣ 6♥ A♣ T♣ on the flop
When you do not have a draw or backdoor flush draw in a single-raise pot, you always check afterward.
When you bet, you should have a hand that really has a good chance of being the best hand on the river. If your AT doesn’t even have a backdoor draw unless there is a pair* on the flop. You should use this hand to check later and try to play to the showdown.
Pairs can often bet on the flop frequently. example:
7♣ 6♣ 4♠A♥ T♥ on the flop
9♦ 6♦ 5♦ A♠ T♠ on the flop
This is all the content of this article. Now you have a guide for playing AT flushes in various preflop and post-flop situations. Hope you can like this article and benefit from it. Finally, good luck with your table!