The Play-Check scenario comes down to the math of poker – There are cases where the choice is between making a bet and checking – or just not making a bet and moving on. This type of bet is rarer than others. However, there are a number of games that feature them and it is very important to understand the differences between them. The math behind them dictates a very different strategy.
The Play-Check scenario is a scenario that fully benefits the player. This is an optional bet that the player must make only when the net result is that he will win money. In the Play-Fold scenario I discussed last week, you often play on the defensive, making bets to lose less than fold.
In a Play-Check scenario, you choose between betting more money or doing nothing. Since doing nothing cannot result in losing money, the math equation simply determines whether you have more money returned on this specific bet than you stake.
What mattered were certain stakes that were questionable at the time. That leaves plenty of time for players to watch the others play. The overall fold rate is about 44% for Mississippi Stud compared to the zero-fold Let It Ride rate. In Mississippi Stud, the player benefits from being able to make 3x bets. When he’s dealt a pair of 6 or more, he can go in 3x all the way and hope for the big winner.
In Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, there is a Play-Check bet after the flop. This bet has to be made when we consider all the possible outcomes that we will win money on. We do not consider either winning or losing bets, or previous play bets made as part of the Play-Fold decision.