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Middle Connectors Tips

Posted by on 7/6/2011 5:01:53 PM

Middle connectors in Texas Holdem are hands like 7-8, 8-9, 9-10 and even 10-J.  Middle connectors can be a very interesting hand to play in Holdem but there are some things you need to know. Let’s look at situations that are favorable to playing middle connectors and also look at some where you should not play them.

Middle connectors are best played in Limit Texas Holdem games. They are especially playable in loose Limit Texas Holdem games, in which multi-way pots develop. It is best not to raise middle connectors before the flop but rather wait and see what the flop brings. There are many benefits to playing middle connectors, the most obvious one, of course, is that a multi-way pot will pay off nicely if you hit your hand. Many people refuse to believe that you have the exact two cards to make a straight, especially if they have paired an ace or a king.  You can also play middle connectors in Texas Holdem but they are situation oriented since you can’t be calling big raises without a strong hand.  Middle connectors are a nice hand to see the flop with but only if you can do so at a reasonable price.

Played correctly, middle connectors can be a great moneymaker in Limit Texas Holdem poker and even in No-Limit Holdem but you do have to be somewhat careful.  When you make two pair with middle connectors it is dangerous because it is very possible that someone else was able to make a straight. Problems may also arise when you flop a set, or make a set on the turn or the river. For this to happen there must be a pair on the board. A set is a good hand but in a multi-way pot it is not unbeatable. You could be up against another set and be outkicked or you might even be up against a full house.

Middle connectors can be very powerful if you hit the flop just right but they can be dangerous if you don’t.  And you also have to remember that middle connectors are not a made hand and they need help to win.  They have potential but only if you can get in cheaply and only if you make your hand.  You can win with middle connectors in Texas Holdem but only if you play them properly.



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