How to Play Multiway Pots

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There's a lot of poker strategy material out there geared to isolating your opponents and playing heads-up. But in many No-Limit Hold'em situations, you're going to be playing the hand multiway.

Depending on the action - specifically on when it occurs and how it relates to you - finding yourself multiway post-flop will change how you play.

This article will go over some less common, more complex multiway scenarios. The choices you make in these oddball moments determine the scope of how successful a player you'll become.

The Short-Stack All-In

Take this example to begin with:

  • Player 1 raises to $100 with $900 left in his stack.
  • Player 2 goes all-in for $225.
  • You look down at pocket aces.

In this type of situation, many players will make a large raise looking to isolate against the all-in bet. The logic behind this move is sound:

  • If your opponent is moving all-in, chances are they have a premium hand, meaning you have them completely dominated.
  • Being a huge favorite to win against any one hand keeps the variance and risk lower than allowing other hands into the pot.

Isolating your big hands against only one opponent can be a good idea for the aforementioned reasons. But an isolation raise in this scenario can be a mistake for the very same reasons. Your hand plays very well against any one other random hand.

heads-up with a final player who may have had a weaker hand than the player who just mucked.

The best players in the world are the ones who most effectively manipulate multiway pots. After all, the more players in the pot, the larger the pot is going to be.

The larger a pot is, the harder it is to bluff, the more accurate your reads must be, and the more convincing your intended actions.

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