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Post  Pokerme on Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:38 pm

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Article Written By Lloyd Zakeo

The Capacitors Of A Hand, ‘Its Either On or Off but in all states there is a charge’

In This article, you will learn

- The definition of WAWB situations

- How to play the WAWB situations

- Evaluating the WAWB Situations


As a poker player, there is always a time when you are way ahead or way behind in a hand and you certainly need to deal with such situations swiftly. This is the WAWB concept – you are way ahead in a hand and your opponent is drawing slightly or the reverse is true, you are way behind a hand and you drawing slightly.

How does one know that you are in a WAWB situation? The situation often arises when you are dealt with a very strong hand and the cards being laid on the board tend to place you in a critical position.

WAWB Situations Explained

It is a known fact that whenever you are way ahead or way behind in a hand aggressive game play tends to be a little incentive. The major problems you may face in this situation are defending 3-bet pots and profitable bluff-catching.

For simplicity, let’s take a look at the following example. Suppose you are in the middle position and have been dealt with an A/Kos. Suppose you make a raise and you get called by the player in the late position at which you go heads up on the flop. Thus, when the flop shows T-T-A, this leaves you in a situation that you need to deal with tactically.

From the given flop, two situations arise – it’s either your opponent has a hand that can be beaten by yours or s/he has a hand that beats yours by a margin such as AQ, AJ, AT or simply a T. The situation that arises is that one will win whilst the other will lose, but who is willing to lose and fold his or her hand. Hence, the chances of you winning or losing are very slight.

Being in such a situation, the common mistake done by most players is to change game play. If you were aggressive from the beginning, simply fold or keep it up tight and fight for a bluff-catching but do it swiftly because you may digging your own grave. Changing your style of play will automatically indicate the strength and weakness of your hand.

How to play the WAWB situations

There is always a moment at which you are driven in to the WAWB situation. From a monetary evaluation, its either you get to win big if all of you are calling strong or you are digging a hole for yourself at which you are throwing away money into a pot with a hand that has a slight hope of winning.

To novice players, given such a situation, they tend to go all-in. However, with pros, if they are way behind and facing a tight aggressive player they would fold to save money.

Literally, when you are way behind, it’s not about folding your hand but you need to judge your opponent’s hand before you make the final decision.

For instance, with an A/Kos and flop shows T-T-A, you can proceed to check and if your opponent cbets 60% then you need to consider the line to take until you reach the river. Thus, you now need to get some history of the opponent to make the best decision and on the other hand, you should not throw away your money easily.

During pre-flop, a solid check-raise should be exposed at which if your opponent has a pair s/he can barrel. On the turn, if you remain behind, you certainly need to avoid check-raising giving yourself a chance to hit a two outer. In addition, your opponent’s style of play should speak to you and give you an insight of what s/he is holding. For instance, during pre flop, if your opponent did not make a raise or re-raise and suddenly starts to re-raise on flop and during turn this would mean that s/he is way ahead.

If the opponent is doing a lot of checking this would mean that his/her hand is quite good to 3-bet but not good enough to 4-bet. Thus, if your opponent checks on the turn you certainly need to be betting on a strong hand and force your opponent to fold.

An effective way to outplay WAWB Situations is to slow play your hand. If you are not sure of where you standing, playing passive can be ideal.

Evaluating the WAWB Situations

During game play, you certainly need to know when you are in the WAWB situation at which if not observed, you can face unfortunate consequences. First of all, you need to keep watch of cards of the same suit placed on the board at which it gives your opponent a chance to flush draw or flush. And also, keep watch of connectors at which your opponent can draw a straight or straight.

Therefore, if the board shows two cards of the same suit, it becomes difficult to place yourself in a WAWB situation because your opponent might have a flush draw. On the other hand, if the board shows connectors it would be very slight to be in a WAWB situation and if you are a passive player, you can make your opponent catch-up.

Therefore, if there are no possibilities of drawing, you can consider it good to be way ahead or way behind in a hand. Thus, the possibilities of a WAWB situation on a dry board are greater than on a wet board. You need to consider both situations – what your opponent is betting with and what outcome could your hand play.


A common WAWB situation arises when you have a strong hand at which you are either way ahead or way behind. On the other hand, you need to check behind your opponent and at the same time play with a strong hand that has a high possibility of not drawing.


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Post  akakmax on Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:51 pm

crazy how many number are going threw my head when im play cards and i suck at math


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