Flop Analysis: The Post Flop Strategy is the beginning of everything

It can be difficult to gamble after a flop. There are many scenarios to choose from, so you need to be able adapt your decision to fit the circumstances.

While it's impossible to provide a clear and concise solution for every situation, there are some examples and guidelines that can help you make better decisions.

Analyzing the Flop

It is important to start the decision process by looking at the flop and evaluating how it affected your hand. Both you and your opponents now have seen 5 of the 7 cards that will go towards your final hands.

Take the time to carefully review the 3 community cards on the table. The kind of questions that you should be asking are the following:

  1. What does the flop do for my hand?

We have discussed before what we want on the flop with all the different types of starting hands. Has the Flop delivered what we need?

  1. Is the Flop helping my Opponent?

Also, we are trying to place our opponents on a particular hand by watching their betting patterns and actions. So ask yourself if the flop has likely helped our opponent based upon what hands they may have or what range of hands.

  1. What are the Flop's Draws?

It is important to recognize the potential draw and how dangerous it is to flop.

Flush Draw - Does the Flush possible on the flop? This means that if 3 cards from the same suit are on the flop, someone could already have a Flush. If there are 2 cards from the same suit on flop, someone could have a Flush draw.

Straight Draw - Are all the flop cards in close proximity to each other so that an opponent can hold a straight or draw towards a straight?

If you believe your opponent is in a draw, i.e. he needs one more card for his hand to be complete, then you should make him pay to have more cards. It is a bad strategy to give him a free card. This is only possible if your opponent has a stronger hand than you do and you want to extract more money.

  1. Is there a board pairing on the flop?

A flop that pairs the board (e.g. Adiamonds 8spades aclubs This type of flop opens up many possibilities for strong hands like three of a sort, a full house, or even four of one on rare occasions.

This kind of flop is often feared by other players as well. Therefore, the first player to place a bet in a pot like this will usually take the pot. However, if your opponent raises you or shows any strength, you should get out of there.

  1. Are you ahead?

After considering the above, it should now be easier to understand the situation and how you fit into the hand. Is it likely that you will be the one to win the flop with your best hand? Do your opponents draw to a stronger hand than you? Perhaps your hand is weaker than the hand your opponent holds. In this case, it's best to quit and avoid further loss.

If you feel that you are the winner after the flop you should make your opponent pay for more cards. Don't let them hit hands with free cards which could be better than you.