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Byline: By Fred Done

IN Texas Hold'em it's very easy to get carried away with the hand you have and not consider that of your opponent.

This is especially the case when you have a strong hand as you will be concentrating more on how to play it and how much to bet rather than working out how each new card can affect the opposing player's hand.

A nut flush will win most hands in Texas Hold'em but there are certain cards that you must look out for. A pair on the board could mean that the other player has either a full house or quads, both of which would be enough to beat a nut flush.

If you do come across these cards you should pay particular attention to the betting. And if your opposite number becomes aggressive having hit those cards then you should be wary about going all-in.

If you have a nut straight then you still have to watch out for the pair on the board which could be a full house or quads, but you have to be careful that someone else hasn't also made aflush.

If there are three suited cards on the board then caution should be exercised and particular attention will have to be paid to players who have become aggressive in their betting since those cards appeared.

Even if you have a full house made up from a pair on the board you have to be aware that someone may have a pocket pair with trips that could possibly out rank your full house.

If you have made three of a kind using a pair on the board you should be especially wary as there are plenty of hands that could have been made that will see your stack reduced.

Apair on the board can mean someone has a big chance of having made a full house, quads if they have the same pocket pair, or they could have trips with a higher kicker.

Often in this situation it will come down to what kicker you have and you can only be confident if you have at least a face card.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 4, 2006
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