Getting hit by a bad card is every player’s nightmare – Do you think back to when we were little, when there were several opportunities where we got nervous, or felt anxious.
We are afraid! As we age and gain experience, it becomes easier to deal with when the unexpected happens. Example: When walking across the street at a crossing, suddenly, a car is turning left and you are on the road. It’s gripping – but fortunately, you can jump sideways to avoid an ugly accident.
The experience is quite like going on in poker. In this case, the dealer issues a card that seriously threatens the health of your hand. We say “scare cards.” When the cards are dealt face down as in Texas hold’em and other forms of poker, one (or more) chances are a gripping hand.
Simply put, it is a card that can significantly increase the enemy’s hand to damage you. But you can’t be sure. It happens often. The second best is not happy. Every poker player wants to go home to win.
Here’s an example to explain what I’m talking about. Playing limit hold’em, in middle place, you’re given a pocket king – a hand made strong. You go preflop to minimize the competition, giving your KK a better chance of surviving to win the bet.
Unsuccessful arrives: Queen of hearts, 9 diamonds and 2 spades. Your partner, KK, looks really nice. You smile at yourself (to avoid telling) as you study the notepad and glance at the verification on your hole card.
But then it happened. The turn is a big black Ace – a scare card! Knowing if hold’em players like to play any Ace, you have good facts to worry about. You’re scared – yes, afraid that if the enemy has already caught a pair of Aces, make your Kings the 2nd best with only two outs to raise a set.
With eight enemies on the table, the odds are if at least one has an Ace in the hole. Your pocket kings don’t fit a pair of aces. But you can’t be sure.