Cash Game Hand Analysis: Floating the Flop With Jack-High

Cash Game Hand Analysis: Floating the Flop With Jack-High
  • @JonathanLittle gets a little devious in a cash game hand in which he floats the flop with jack-high.

  • Cash game strategy: @JonathanLittle discusses position and player profiling in this $5/$10 NL hand.

Today I want to step away from tournaments briefly and share a $5/$10 no-limit hold'em cash game hand I played a while back during the recent World Series of Poker.

The hand begins with a limp from the player in the lojack seat (i.e., to the immediate right of the hijack seat). It folded to me on the button where I was dealt {J-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and I decided to limp as well.

As I explain in the video below, this might seem a bit speculative by me, but in truth I was limping because both the limper before me and the somewhat splashy player in the big blind were not the strongest of players, meaning I was wanting to see more hands against them if I could — especially from position and with deep stacks.

The small blind also called, then that very splashy player in the big blind raised to $70. The original limper folded, and while folding would be fine here I called and so did the small blind.

The three of us a saw a flop come {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. The small blind checked and the big blind bet $70 (a little less than a third of the pot). Again, folding would be fine, but it wouldn't be much of a hand to discuss if I'd done that!

Take a look to see how the hand progressed from there, including what happened when I accidentally turned a real hand.

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,500,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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