Congrats to Zynga Poker player Jessica who is featured in this week's Play of the Day! We picked Jessica's hand out of hundreds of submissions we got from a recent survey on the Zynga Poker fan page.
Zynga Poker lead game designer Shawn Carnes, who is an amateur poker player, gives feedback on Jessica's video this week who took home a big win with a full house. Big wins are great, but we're here to find out how to turn them into even bigger victories.
Jessica is playing at a nine-person table and in early middle position, limping in with a K-5 of hearts.
A K-5 suited loses against so many other hands, especially at a 9-person table. Ace-rag (a low-value card) will beat that right out of the gate. You need to be very careful if a flush appears because a player with an ace-rag suited will also beat you.
"If you're coming in with K-5, why not raise to $1,200 (1.5X big blind)? Why not make other people at the table think you have something that you really don't?" said Shawn. "I bet you anything that if you showed a little aggression here, you may have knocked out the people who posted their blinds coming into the pot."
How would you play a K-5 suited at a crowded table? Do you go with Jessica's conservative move pre-flop or show some aggression like Shawn suggests to take control of the board?