A lot of you have told me I suck. And you know what? I do suck. That's the whole point, right?
I'm not a dude trying to be a poker pro. We released Play of the Day to let people like you and me who are big poker fans have a chance to talk about poker hands.
Like most of you, I don't have access or the opportunity to talk about my hands on TV like the pros do. Play of the Day is a chance for Zynga Poker players to get in on some of the action. Pcitures say a 1,000 words, and being able to visualize your poker hand and talk about poker is what this is really all about.
In this week's play, I won with a top pair. But I'm not sure I made the right move. I'd love to get your feedback on how you would play this hand.
I'm pretty confident until the turn hits, which pairs the board with an 8. I have to assume my opponent could have trip 8s.
For those who are new to poker, trips are different than a set. Trips are when you have a 3-of-a-kind with 1 hole card and 2 cards on the board or there is a 3-of-a-kind on the board. A set means you have a pocket pair with a matching card to complete your 3-of-a-kind.
My opponent makes a bet that's less than 10% of a $2 million pot. I wonder if he is trying to go for a spade draw. This move is called a semi-bluff because he's betting that he is representing something that he doesn't have but hopes that he can draw into.
I'm not convinced that he has trip 8s or a flush and I'm willing to make a big bet to push him all in. I have top pair and I'm representing absolute strength. Though I win the pot because my opponent ultimately folds, I'm not entirely sure I made the right move.
How would you play this hand? Let me know!