When Others have Called

The situation becomes little different if players ahead of you have already voluntarily entered the pot. Now you are no longer again random hands, you're against a few random hands and one or more poker hands that are possibly good hands. Because of this it takes much better hand to call when another player has entered the pot than it does when you are first to enter. This is correct even though the other player entering the pot has made the pot little larger.

If four or five players have entered the pot, the pot is large enough to gamble a little, to play hands that would not be strong enough to open the pot with but have the potential to develop into a very strong hand. However, if only one or two players are in, you need to have a very strong hand to call.

Notice that it makes a big difference whether one or two players have entered the pot rather than four or five. With only a few players competing for the pot, Hold'em is very much a high card game and best high cards are needed if you are against a couple of players with high cards. When many players are competing for the pot, however, Hold'em becomes more a game of draws. It becomes very important for your cards to work together as suited cards than as best high cards.

As said, don't memorize the tables, especially the last table. The table assumes the opener is a typical to somewhat tight player. The idea is that you shouldn't call except with hands that are at least one or two notches better than the worst hand than player would open with.

Against a very tight player, you should play tighter than the table suggests. Against a loose player, you should call with more hands than the table suggests. Just try to learn the habits of your rivals than to memorizing the tables.

MINIMUM CALLING HANDS WITH FOUR OR FIVE LIMPERS

Suited Cards
Pairs
Ax s
K x s
Q x s
Jx s
10x s
9x s
8x s
7x s
6x s
Under the gun
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Early Positions
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Middle Positions
4,4
A2
K6
Q8
J8
T7
98
87
76
-
Button
3,3
A2
K4
Q6
J7
T6
97
86
74
64
Small Blind
2,2
A2
K2
Q5
J6
T6
96
85
73
63

Unsuited Cards
Ax s
K x s
Q x s
Jx s
10x s
9x s
8x s
7x s
Under the gun
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Early Positions
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Middle Positions
AJ
KT
QT
JT
T9
-
-
-
Button
A9
K9
QJ
J8
T8
97
86
76
Small Blind
A9
K9
QT
J8
T7
96
86
76

A x s: means an Ace and another lower card of the same suit.
K x s: means a King and another lower card of the same suit.
A x: means an Ace and another card of a different suit from the Ace.
K x: means a King and another lower card of a different suit from the King.

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