Flopped Monsters

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney


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Table of Contents + Time Links

Hero's HUD Stats for 'Flopped Monsters' Video.
  1. (0:00) Intro
  2. (1:14) Hand 1 - Gravy Boat (JT on TTJ flop)
    Playing a full house OOP against two loose players. Loose-aggressive player also min 3bets the flop. [Reverse implied odds]
  3. (5:40) Hand 2 - So many Jacks (J3 on JJT flop)
    Flopping trips with low kicker OOP on a multi-way flop (3 other players). [Pot geometry]
  4. (9:03) Hand 3 - Thirty (TT on 45T flop)
    Playing top set in multi-way pot, 3rd to act out of 4 players.
  5. (12:59) Hand 4 - Why does 6 fear 7? (87 on 9TJ flop)
    3betting with a suited connector preflop and hitting bottom end of a straight on the flop. Board ends up double-pairing (possibly counterfeiting Hero's straight) and Hero faces a shove.
  6. (16:29) Hand 5 - The great eight (88 on 866 flop)
    Set mining with 88 preflop. Hit full house on the flop against 2 other players.
  7. (21:12) Hand 6 - Like an arrow (JQ on 9TK flop)
    Hit straight with 2nd nut flush draw on the flop against 4 other players. Also with excellent position (last to act). [Bet sizing]
  8. (26:07) Hand 7 - The blizzard of '89 (A8 on 388 flop)
    Flop top trips with top kicker against 3 other players in position. Getting check-raised on the flop. Opponent also leads on the turn. Includes in-depth analysis of villain's range on the turn. [Combos]
  9. (32:57) Video recap
    Remain wary when facing a lot aggression, and be prepared to bet bigger against fishier players.

Flopped Monsters.


  • Type: Hand Replayer
  • Stakes: $50NL
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:34:11
  • Added: 26 September 2012

Video overview.

How to play when you hit a monster hand on the flop, usually when up against multiple opponents. A strategy video dedicated to maximizing value, along with appropriate bet sizing + hand planning. There's plenty of discussion on preflop strategy in this video too, so it's not just post-flop analysis.

Flopping a monster = a set, trips (good ones), or better. So basically anything better than two pair. (You should already know the difference between a set and trips by the way)

Check out Trips and Sets (another vid by SplitSuit) for more strategy on playing those kind of hands.

It's important you know how to play your monster hands well, as getting value from big hands makes up a large part of your winrate. If you can't maximize value with your strong hands, your winrate will crumble.

Think about it – missing out on money you should have won is exactly the same as losing money by playing badly. Missing out 80bb because you didn't get as much value as you should have done is much worse than losing 20bb because you made a bad call. Playing as optimally as you can in these situations is vital.

An Ace on the Flop When Holding KK
What a monster flop looks like. Pretty fun.

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website www.SplitSuit.com. He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

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