Rules and Strategies
|Draw Poker is the basic form
of Poker and the place to start when introducing new players to the game. It's fairly
uncommon these days in the casinos, but it is the form from which all other Poker games
The essence of Draw Poker is that the
player builds a hand from 5 cards. After the initial round of betting the player may
discard some or all of their cards and receive replacements. The players cards should
never be revealed until the final Showdown, and are only then if absolutely necessary
(more on that later). During the game, all cards are dealt and discarded face down.
There are two main things to learn when it comes to Draw
Poker. The first is Poker's 5-card hands and their ranking. The second is the course of
play including when and how to bet.
A poker hand is made from the best arrangement of five
cards and are ranked as follows, highest first:
- Royal Flush: A-K-Q-J-10, all same suit
- Straight Flush: any five consecutive cards, all same suit
- Four-of-a-Kind: four cards, same value (eg. four 7's)
- Full House: Three-of-a-Kind and a Pair
- Flush: any five cards of the same suit
- Straight: any five consecutive cards
- Three-of-a-Kind: three cards, same value
- Two Pair
- No Pair: five dissimilar cards, mixed suit
There are no wild cards in Draw Poker. All suits are ranked
The Course of Play
A round of Poker begins with determining the Dealer. The
Deal usually rotates around the table from the right: if you've just dealt then the person
on your left deals next.
Once assigned, the Dealer receives the deck and shuffles.
Each player pays the "ante" which is a small, flat fee you pay to purchase the
right to play that round. If you don't ante it means you are "sitting out".
These monies and all others in the game go into the center of the table in a pile called
"the pot". Once the antes are in, the Dealer deals one card at a time, face
down, to each player around the table, beginning on the Dealer's left. Then the second
card is dealt to each player, and so on until each player has 5 cards, all face down.
Pass, Bet or Fold
Players pick up their cards and assess their hand. The
player to the Dealer's left opens the betting round by either placing a Bet, indicating a
Pass by placing no bet, or Folding by discarding their hand.
Call and Raise
The next player to the left now has the opportunity to Bet.
Or they can Fold. If the previous players Passed then they can Pass too or place a Bet of
their own. If other players have Bet and they wish to stay in the round they must Call by
matching any outstanding bets. They can then Raise by placing a bet of their own.
The betting then moves to the next player on the left, then
the next, and so on back to and including the Dealer.
Once the Dealer has placed their bet, the other players
must Call any outstanding bets or Fold. Generally speaking, no Raises are permitted once
the betting has passed around to the Dealer.
Players may now Discard any or all of their cards based on
their hopes of building a better hand. Cards are discarded face down and collected by the
The Dealer now deals each player, starting on the left,
their replacement cards, face down.
As before the Player on the Dealer's left begins the
betting and the betting proceeds around the table.
Again, the Dealer gets the final Raise. Then everyone else
must Call or Fold. Finally, the remaining players are ready for the Showdown.
If at any time there is only one player left in the game
they take the pot. This player is encouraged to keep their cards hidden and muck them to
After the final betting round, and all the necessary Calls,
the players still in the game have reached the Showdown. The player's hands are revealed.
The best hand wins and the winner takes the pot.
If there are tied winning hands then the rank of the
individual cards determines the winner. For instance Full House of Aces over Jacks beats a
Full House of Kings over Jacks. If it's still a tie and there are no kickers (spare cards
not used to build the final hand) then the pot is split.
If the rank of the individual cards doesn't determine the
winner, then the kicker(s) of higher rank determines the winner. If it's still a tie, the
pot is split.
If there are no "name" hands (all players have No
Pair), then the highest ranking single card is declared the winning hand. If it comes to a
dead tie (no clear winner, all cards same rank) then the pot is split.
Suit is never used to determine a winner in Poker.
|Omaha Hi is a version of
Texas Hold'Em where players are dealt four hole cards instead of two. But there's a catch:
two and only two of the hole cards can be used in making the final hand. Omaha Hi is also
known as Omaha Hold'Em or simply Omaha.
hole cards make Omaha a nine-card game and having more cards to choose from means players
will typically finish with stronger hands. Poker players being the people that they often
are, the possibility of higher hands typically means that players stay in longer and the
pots will grow accordingly.
In practice, Hold'Em players will find that the focus in
Omaha Hi tends more towards playing the cards than playing the other players.
For the basics of Omaha, see Texas Hold'Em rules below. The
only variations are:
- the player is dealt four hole cards.
- the player makes their final hand from two of the four hole
cards and three of the five community cards.
Since the name of the game in Omaha is to assemble the
killer hand, it essentially becomes a drawing game. You take the possibilities you're
dealt with the hole cards, determine what you can make out of it, watch the community
cards as they fall with a careful eye on what they're doing to your chances and bail if it
becomes clear that things are going sour. You can burn off a lot of chips hanging around
to see if things improve.
The strategy guidelines for Omaha run into the dozens
because of the number of cards in play and the two-from-four rule. To make a long story
short, it's generally advised that you stay in if your hole cards integrate well --that
is, they form the beginnings of several good hands-- and muck them if they don't.
Rookie Omaha players are often suckered in by a solid pack
of hole cards or a strong string of community cards. Remember, Four to a Flush in the hole
is useless because you only get to keep two of them. Ditto with the community cards. There
is no point to betting on cards you can't keep so remember: two hole cards, three
community cards, no exceptions, period.
Watch out for busted hands in the initial deal: two cards
might start a Straight and the others a Flush, but there's no crossover in that you can't
recombine the cards to form yet another hand, like a Straight Flush for instance. To avoid
chasing rainbows, muck pairs of orphans unless they're top-nut beginnings.
Beware of "second nut" hands, those where even if
you got what you needed it still wouldn't be a boss hand. Many an Omaha player has gone
home with empty pockets and the haunting feeling that they should've learned something
from the experience. Second nut is second place --if you're lucky-- and you should play
Finally, don't stay in hoping things will get better. If
the flop goes against you, muck out because if those three cards haven't helped you the
chances are that nothing else will. The smart money says keep your chips for the next
|Texas Hold'Em is the darling
of pro Poker players, spectators, and the media. It's an aggressive, flashy, intense and
unpredictable game that gets the dollars on the table and changing hands like no other
contemporary form of Poker. All that and it looks deceptively simple to play. The old
hard-nut players may prefer 7-Card Stud, but everyone else is in love with Hold'Em. It's
no coincidence that Hold'Em is the game that players at the World Series of Poker play to
determine who takes home $1,000,000 and the champion's custom 14-karat gold bracelet.
Hold'Em is clearly a descendant of 7-Stud in that players form a
five-card hand from seven available cards, but that's where the similarity ends. In fact,
only two cards are actually held by the player as pocket cards. The other five are open,
dealt to the middle of the table and shared by all players. Of course this means there are
less cards in play, which is why Hold'Em typically seats nine or more players at the
The dealer in Hold'Em is marked by a disk called the button.
For each hand the button rotates to the left. Players are identified by their seat
position. The dealer is seat one, the player to the dealer's left is seat two
and so on, clockwise around the table to the player on the dealer's right which is
typically seat nine.
In practice, casino Hold'Em has a fixed (house) dealer and
the button rotates around the table simply to mark the rotation of theoretical dealer.
Betting position significantly affects a player's opportunities so the button's position
in not simply symbolic.
Hold'Em comes in many low-limit/high-limit forms. Beginner
games are typically $1-$2 or $2-$5, but the high end can be as much as $300-$600,
$500-$1000 or more. Regardless of the limits, Hold'Em is designed to be a money game.
Instead of a small ante in 7-Stud, Hold'Em uses two forced bets, the blinds, to
get Bets on the table right from the beginning of the game.
The first player to the dealer's left -- seat two -- is the
small blind and must kick in half the lower limit ($5 in a $10-$20 game). Seat
three is the big blind and must kick in the full value of the lower limit ($10 in
a $10-$20) game.
The deal rotates clockwise around the table beginning with
the player to the big blind's left. Each player is dealt their first pocket card in turn,
then their second.
Since the blinds opened with their forced bets, seat four,
the player to the big blind's right, bets first. They Call by matching the big blind ($10,
the lower limit) and may also Raise by kicking in the big limit, $20 in our $10-$20
example game. In this round Checking is not permitted so a Check is the same as Folding.
The blinds in Hold'Em are live in that they can
Call, Raise or Fold when the betting has returned to them.
Once the first betting round has completed, the dealer lays
out the first three community cards in the center of the table. This is called the
This betting round begins with the blinds, or the first
remaining seat on the dealer's left. Checking is permitted now and for the rest of the
hand. Bets are placed at the lower limit ($10 in our example).
A fourth community card it dealt onto the table.
Betting begins with the blinds, as before. Now, and for the
rest of this game, Bets and Raises are at the high limit ($20). As such, the turn
is the first expensive street.
The fifth and final community card is dealt.
This is also an expensive street: Bets and Raises are all
at the high limit ($20).
As in 7-Stud, the best 5 card hand wins. Players may form
their final hands from any combination of the table cards and their own pocket cards, even
ignoring the pocket cards and using only the table cards if they wish.
One point on which Hold'Em departs from other poker games
is the option for any player to see another player's pocket cards once they've been
mucked. Provided the requesting player has Called or Raised the last Bet made, they simply
ask the dealer and the mucked cards will be retrieved and shown.
To the newcomer this move may seem incredibly invasive,
especially if they come from a Draw poker background where such a move would be heresy.
However, in the Hold'Em context, it's one of the few ways to gain insight into an
opponent's play style. And how and when the pocket cards are played is a critical part of
|5-Card Stud is one of those
games that puzzles people. Whenever you mention it people say something like "you
mean 7-Card Stud?" or "how's that different than Draw Poker?" But 5-Card
Stud is a game unto itself although you'll seldom see it played these days. There are a
few good reasons for that, but let's cover the basics first.
Betting Limits, Buy-In, Bankroll, The Ante, and the Deal are all pretty much the
same as 7-Stud (listed below). Keep in mind that because 5 Stud is seldom played in the
casinos these rules often vary. The truth is that 5 Stud is mostly played as a social game
these days, so the rules flex according to the player's tastes.
A round opens with the dealer giving each player two cards.
Traditionally the first is a pocket (hidden) card and the second is open (face up). There
are variations on this and we'll see why shortly.
Now it's time for the first bets. Low card opening is
standard but it's not uncommon for high card to open. The game progresses the same either
way. The betting round circles the table and it's on to Third Street.
The third card is dealt to each player as an open card.
Betting typically follows 7-Card Stud's Third Street play (Low Limit bets).
Another open card, typically played per 7 Stud's Fifth and
Sixth Street (High Limit bets).
The final card, usually also an open card. Betting as per 7
Stud's Seventh Street (High Limit bets).
|When it comes to Poker
games, Draw Poker is old school, 5-Card Stud is too rare to speak of, but 7-Card Stud is
alive and well. Texas Hold'Em gets all the press and makes a better spectator game, but 7
Stud is the game of choice for the hard-nut players.
demands strategy and skill and it takes a lot of play to develop the winner's edge. Top
caliber players are few and far between but they have one thing in common with the
rookies: every player of the game is still learning, even the masters.
Let's begin with the basic rules.
Stud games are defined by their betting limits. The low
stakes online games are usually $2-$4 while the higher games are typically $8-$16 or
$10-$20. I've seen land casino Stud at $100-$200 or higher, but these stakes are very rare
on the web.
The game's betting limits tell the Stud player pretty much
everything they need to know about the nature of the game, the expectations of the
players, and the size of the bankroll you should have before you sit in.
Buy-In and Bankroll
Your minimum Stud Buy-In is typically 10-times the low
limit, or $20 for a $2-$4 game. But playing with the minimum is not recommended.
Choosing your Game
Anything below the $10-$20 level is generally considered a
beginner's game. The skill and strategy levels required in the higher games are
substantial and such games generally do not provide a friendly environment for the Stud
player still learning their way around.
Ante in Stud is mandatory and changes depending on the
betting limits. The low games usually require a 10% Ante, so a $5-$10 game will have a
$0.50 Ante. The high games get up to 25% on the Ante: that's $25 on a $100-$200 game. The
percentages may vary somewhat but 10% is the typical minimum.
We'll use a $10-$20 game as our working example, so the
Ante is $1, 10% of the low limit.
The dealer deals clockwise starting on their immediate
left. They deal one card at a time around the table until each player has two pocket cards
(face down) and a single up (the "door" card).
At this point the dealer indicates which player will open
the betting, determined by the lowest door card. If there's a tie for low door, suit
resolves it: spades over hearts, followed by diamonds, and finally clubs is the lowest.
Once the initial cards have been dealt, the game begins. At
this point we've got three cards on the table per player and that's called "Third
The player holding the lowest door card must "bring it
in" by opening with a bet equal to twice the ante ($2 in our example game). If the
low door player doesn't make this bet, they're forced to Fold and the opener passes to the
player on their left.
The next player clockwise from the opener can Call by
matching the opener, Raise by betting the low betting limit ($10) or Fold. Throughout
third street all Bets and Raises are fixed at the low betting limit ($10).
The dealer gives each player another open (up) card. Unlike
third street, the opener in the fourth and remaining streets is the high hand as
determined by the open cards. They may Check (Pass) or Bet. It they Bet it's at the low
limit ($10) and that fixes all raises in this round to the same.
If the high hand is an open pair, the opener can Bet at the
upper limit ($20) and this fixes all Raises in the round to the same.
Fifth and Sixth Street
Again, the card is dealt up and high hand opens. All Bets
and Raises are at the upper limit ($20).
The last card, called the "river", is another
pocket card (face down). All bets and raises are at the high limit ($20).
After the Bets and Raises have been resolved, the remaining
players enter the Showdown. The opener reveals his pocket cards. If a player wishes to
compete with this hand they too reveal their pocket cards, or they can yield and muck out
At the casino it's the dealer's responsibility to call the
winner, as determined by the best 5-card hand under normal Poker rules. In online games,
the software will designate the winner and the pot will be passed to them.
It is any player's right to request to see any final hand
that has been mucked, though this is primarily intended for casino play.
|Basic Poker Strategy:
Hands to Avoid In Omaha Hi Lo
There's are some hands that you might play in stud or Omaha/8 that are just
out-and-out bad news in Hi-Lo. Let's take a look at a few hands that are, at best, dodgy,
to borrow a phrase from the Brits.
Strategy: Understanding Omaha Hi/Lo's Basics
Want to try out Omaha Hi/Lo but want to get a firm grounding in the best hands to
play first? Check out this piece that explores your options.
Strategy: Turbo Tournaments
Find out what the difference is in playing a turbo online poker tournament versus
a normal one and how you need to change your game to match the faster pace.
The Final Table and How To Swing It
When you approach the final table in any tournaments, you need to ask yourself one simple
question: what do you want to accomplish?
In Online Poker
You might believe that online poker lacks in the basic psychology that the
"real world" game has, but people are still people, even if theyre using a
mouse and keyboard instead of their hands.
7 Card Poker Stud for
Texas Hold 'Em Players
In the days before Texas Hold Em became the gaming
juggernaut it is now, Stud was the game for many players.Before you start playing 7-Card
Stud, there are some obvious differences between stud games and Texas Hold Em that
you should be made aware of.
Casino Beginner Tips:
Learning Caribbean Stud Poker
Nowadays everyone knows poker. But everyone knows one version, Texas Hold'em.
There is also some who know what Video Poker is all about, but most new players don't have
a clue about Caribbean Stud.
Strategy: Playing Big Stacks in Poker Tournaments
Having a big stack in a poker tournament is not the solution to your problems,
despite the confidence that it (quite naturally) fills you with. When you get a larger
stack, your playing style needs to change accordingly and move from being a tight
aggressive player to working with more hands and loosening up your game.
Betting Strategy In Poker
When it comes to betting and using your bankroll effectively, it's the game
itself. Lets go over a few very basic strategies that you can use in the game and how you
Omaha Hi-Lo Poker
Omaha Hi-Lo poker is definitely a game I recommend
starting off in fixed-limit games, even if you're an experienced Omaha Hi player looking
to expand their game a bit.
Heads Up Hold 'Em Poker
Heads-up poker, particularly in lower-stakes,
pot-limit games is a great way for an aggressive player to build their bankroll quickly,
but it does require more than just guts to get ahead when playing one-on-one against
someone who likely has the same agenda as you.
Casino Guide: Let 'Em Ride
Let Em Ride is not only fun to play and easy to learn. So how does a newbie
make money at the game? Here are some quick tips.
Casino Play: Tips for Optimal Deuces Wild Play
This wild and crazy game can give you a return of 100.77 percent. That's over 100
percent return for a casino game!
Strategy: Winning Small-Stakes Games
It's possible and in fact practical to play
low-stakes poker for profit if you are comfortable with a longer, slower burn at the table
with less action.
Debunking Poker Myths
Much like the fields of crypto zoology and psychic
studies, poker is full of myths that have become inflated to the point where they're
accepted as fact by many people who aren't familiar with the game, and by a shocking
number that are.
Basic Poker Strategy:
Set up a Stop Loss strategy that gives you a hard and fast rule that keeps you in the
games you should be in and away from the ones that you should avoid.
Basic Poker Strategy:
Learning Stud Poker
Let's discuss the basic financials of Seven-Card Stud. You'll want to understand how
the game is different financially before you start.
Online Poker Strategies
There are strategies specific to online poker that
don't apply in the real world. Online poker software gives you tools that you simply don't
have access to in the real world.
The Basics: Low Stakes
Sit And Go Tournament Strategy
How should you approach Sit And Go
Tournaments? Let's break everything down by the rounds.
Texas Hold Em Strategy: The River and the Showdown
If you've made it to the river on a pair of
good cards, then there is one basic piece of advice to follow: almost never fold.
Good cards mean that you have a shot at holding the winning cards and in general, if
you've reached the river, the pot is big enough to keep you in.
Basic Omaha High
Omaha High is a natural step up for many players of
Texas Hold Em who are looking for a bit more variety in their games and you can
frequently use your Omaha experiences to better information your regular game.
Poker Philosophy &
Poker is a game that is about people as much as it was about the cards, positions
and pot odds. Theres a psychological aspect to the game, a human
factor that is unpredictable and fantastic at the same time.
If you want your piece of the online multi-table tournament pie you have to learn some
skills first. Playing in tournaments is a lot different than playing against your buddies
on Friday night.
How to Play and Win
Single Table Tournaments
The basics of playing a single table tournament.
Online Poker Tells
There are plenty of ways to spot online poker tells, which give off information on an
opponent's hand. However, most people just play their cards and don't try to pick up on
15 Tips on Poker Hand
15 tips on hand selection to improver your poker game.
Basic Hand Frequencies
in Texas Hold'em
Hand frequencies are an important part of ones poker game, especially in
todays aggressive online games that have so much pre-flop action. Knowing hand
frequencies will give you a better idea of the likelihood that an opponent is holding a
Starting Hands in
Starting hand selection is one of the first things most poker players learn to practice
strategically. Proper hand selection involves adjusting which hands you play based on your
position and the number of players at the table.
Poker Pros Drawn to
Chinese Poker's Luck Factor
One often hears the big name professional poker players talking about a session of Chinese
poker that they recently played. The game has been popular with Asian players for many
years, and is responsible for some heavy action amongst the game's biggest bankrolls.
Hammered & Stupid:
How to Spot the Table of Drunks
When it comes to action players there's no easier prey than a drunk. Live casinos and
online poker rooms always seem to have a few of them floating around, dumping chips faster
than Jamie Gold in a high-stakes poker game.
15 Texas Holdem Tips to
Take to the Bank
If you're just learning how to play Texas Holdem or even if you've been playing Texas
Holdem for awhile, you can always use a few good Texas Holdem tips. Here are 15 of our
favorite tips on how to play Texas Holdem
Top 15 Betting Strategy
Tips for Playing Poker
Revealing some of the top betting strategy tips for the poker player.
Can You Play Online
Poker for a Living?
Playing online poker for a living is no easy task. Poker media is filled with players that
are doing just that, but most of these players do a lot more than the average player is
prepared to do to become a professional.
How to Play Texas
Holdem Like an Old Pro
Playing like an old pro means that you're more interested in playing while in favorable
positions with at least medium-strength hands. You bet your hand for value and only look
to slow-play monster hands.
Strategy in a Nutshell
Tournament strategy has been addressed by countless poker writers, all with their own
method of play. The game of poker has no correct strategy to employ every time.
Most decisions should be made based on a combination of the odds involved and the
meta-game of the table at the time.
What Doesn't Kill You,
Makes You Stronger Poker
Experienced players who have been playing the game for a long time know that bad beats are
always going to be around their game. There's no way to beat luck, whether it's good or
No-Limit Holdem Poker Bets
Playing in a poker game is an unpredictable activity at best. No player, no matter how
skilled, can control all the action all the time. But the good players have strategies
that allow them to control the action more than the average player does.
No Limit Holdem -
If you're not familiar with the term "bubble" on a poker table, it refers to the
last player who gets knocked out of a tournament or sit-and-go before the money. If the
event pays out six players, the one who finishes in seventh place is the bubble player.
Sizing Up the
Competition: Do You Know How?
A good poker player knows that no two opponents are the same and knowing what type of
player you're against determines your strategies for the game.
Poker Betting Strategy:
Tournaments vs. Cash Games
If you play poker cash games the way you play tournaments, or vice versa, you'll have a
lot of difficulty being successful in both settings.
Betting Yourself Out of
In poker youll sometimes find yourself in a situation you just shouldnt be in,
and youll need to find a way out of it.
Starting Hands: The
Difference Between Good and Great
One of the basic strategies of poker is your starting hand selection based on your
position at the table and the situation you're in at the time.
Poker Theory Giving You
a Headache? Take a Chill Pill
Learning strategy is only part of the equation that makes up a winning poker player.
Experience is the key and this requires a lot of poker play.
10 Things You Should
Never Say at the Poker Table
Never give free information about yourself at a poker table. If you are going to speak,
you should know what not to say during your poker game.
Poker Gut Check: Learn
the Odds or Trust Your Gut?
In poker, you are either the type of player that likes to calculate mathematical odds,
trust your gut or both. What type of poker player are you?
The Power of Position
Learn basic lessons for heads-up poker, with strategy for hand strength, the power of
position, dealing with aggression and more!
Picking the Right Poker
Increasing your chances of winning in a poker room.
Online Poker: Hardest
Habits to Break
Bad habits such as watching TV, multi-tabling and wild betting are hard to break when
playing online poker.
Playing Poker: How to
Tilt is death. Remember that poker people. When you go on tilt you trade the calculating
power of your mind for the primitive monkey anger of your heart.
Four Poker Habits that
Will Break Your Bankroll
While there is no absolute formula on how to play poker, poker players of all skill levels
can keep their bankroll by avoiding these 4 bad habits.
Poker Term Glossary
Looking for a little clarity when it comes to poker terminology?
Advanced Poker Advice:
Protection vs. Control
Losing control of the pot could often be a far greater mistake than missing a bet with a
hand you think is best.
Advanced Poker Advice:
Learn to Read
The problem is that most poker tip articles don't break down specifically what it is they
mean when they talk about "ranges" and "betting patterns."
Advanced Poker Advice:
Different Dimensions in Poker
Poker is a multidimensional game. There are sophisticated plays and thought processes you
go through before acting and counteracting your opponents' moves.
Advanced Poker Advice:
Your Psychological Bankroll
By setting limits for your physical and psychological bankroll, you allow your
regard for money to rule the table without it negatively affecting your game.
Advanced Poker Advice:
Morals and Values
Every time you, as a player, let that small advantage
pass you by because you fear being wrong, you are giving up large profits and, more
importantly, are allowing your poker game to contain missed opportunity.
Many poker players fail to incorporate the bet size into determining whether an
opponent has the goods or not.
Calling to Test Your
No limit holdem is an aggressive game where players make lots of bluffs on the
A common misconception in poker is that its the proper play to fold small
pocket pairs in the face of a raise that looks to be a bigger pocket pair.
Making the Right
In no-limit and pot-limit holdem getting the best value on your hands is the name
of the game.
Small ball poker betting techniques allow you to play more hands while limiting
the risk that youll face during a hand.
Final Table Deals
At some time during your poker playing life youll find yourself in a
situation where someone will want to make a deal at a final table.
Over betting is an advanced tactic that a player can use to get action on a hand
when no other action is likely. There are two situations where the bet will work well.
Advertising for your
As you become more advanced in your poker game you need to start to feed your
opponent false information about yourself during the game. You know that good players are
watching your every move, and that theyre remembering all the plays that you make
and what situations you make them in.
Floating to Steal
Floating is a play in no limit or pot limit Texas holdem that every
intermediate player should know about. Its a simple enough concept. Its the
idea that youre going to call a bet in a head-to-head situation to see if your
opponent is going to fire another barrel at the pot.
Many new players dont value their kicker card enough as they play poker.
Kickers come into play often because most players like to play big cards, especially aces.
So many players dont realize how vulnerable they can be when paired up with a lousy
Omaha High Low -
When to Bluff
When you play the game of Omaha High/Low Split there is very little bluffing
involved. There are so many cards in play at one time that bluffing is usually a suicide
play because someone almost always has the nut hand.
With the uncertainty that poker throws at us, its difficult to set goals
and see them through with consistency. Luck has so much to do with your outcomes, and
planning can really only get you ready to make good decisions.
Calling Raises With
One of the tougher situations youll find yourself in at the poker table is facing a
raise with a smaller pocket pair. Until the raise your hand was strong, but against a
raise it becomes very vulnerable.
of Suited Aces
Most players like to play suited aces whenever they can. These hands can give you the nut
flush, which is often a very strong hand. Holding a hand like this against another flush
can be a very profitable situation. But suited aces can be a dangerous hand to play,
especially if youre not good at letting go of top pair.
Even some of the most experienced players in the world still tilt out and steam
too hot to play a proper game. If this is you, its important that you develop a
method of dealing with these emotional roller coasters on which youll find yourself.
Playing Weak Players
Playing weak players should be done with simplicity. You need to understand that
weak players dont have a good understanding of the game, and they wont fall
for fancy tricks that youll try to employ.
The professionals know that the only way to win with consistency is to stop
fighting the current and to turn around and start swimming downstream, regardless of the
bad beats they suffer along the way.
Stay Off the Casino
Proper bankroll management includes only using your poker bankroll for poker
games. Not for blackjack or roulette. If you like to sports bet or play casino games you
should have separate bankrolls for that activity.
Knowing They Have a
One of the best situations you can be in at a Texas holdem table is holding the
nuts while your opponent, or opponents, are sitting on a big hand. This spot would seem to
be cut and dry, get your chips in there and win as much as you can.
Poker is more than just a game we play. Its a test of our will and how well
you can adjust to adversity. When faced with bad luck many players will go off on rants
about how poorly someone is playing, or how bad their luck is, etc.
Value Betting the
River In Position
One aspect of poker that many novice and intermediate players often play poorly
is value betting the river when theyre last to act. This play is a no-brainer when
you have the nut hand, but thats usually not the situation that youre in.
Do you ever wonder why so many familiar faces are on final tables on television?
They do it by building a big stack in the early stages of the tournament, when play can be
controlled with a few simple strategies.
Omaha Hi - Low
Once you play enough Texas Holdem you start to look for other action. Many
players will try out other games like 7-Card Stud or Omaha. One favorite that many try is
Omaha Hi/Low Split, or also known as Omaha 8 or Better.
Playing in Vegas
For some poker players, playing in home games and their local casino or poker
room is the extent of their poker experience. But if you want to test your game in a more
grand setting, you can plan a poker vacation in Vegas.
Poker is no different than any other form of gaming in this sense, and dedicated
poker players take the time to document any advantage they come across as they play. You
should have a notebook where you keep important information that will improve your game.
Table for Your Style
Beating a poker game is a difficult task for the best players out there. Luck
plays a big factor, and we all know how that can run sometimes. One way to improve your
chances in a game is to select the right table for you.
The poker industry has lots of different teaching tools that promise to make you
a better player. Some will do just that, teaching you odds and giving sound advice that
will make you better. But some tools just make you a lazy poker player.
Isolating opponents is not only a way to improve your chances in a hand;
its often a method of taking advantage of some playing styles youll run into
There are always some people out there that try and cheat at poker. Theyre
too lazy to try and improve their skill level, and instead they spend their time trying to
win money dishonestly.
Play And Mechanics
turn-based and is played in 'rounds', where the deck is shuffled and dealt, cards are
passed (if a passing round in the Black Lady variant), the play of tricks, and the
scorekeeping. In the traditional game play, each player will ante up the same number of
chips before the round begins.
Hearts Strategy -
Shooting The Moon
A hand that appears doomed (by virtue of being capable of winning almost all the
tricks) may be excellent for the purpose of moon-shooting. The element of risk involved in
shooting the moon is one of the appeals of the game, since a player may attempt to get all
26 points and fail by only getting 24 or 25, in which case the player suffers a massive
Hearts - A Card Game
to sheer luck, winning Hearts is dependent on several factors. An important element is passing: Heart's strategic element first appears
in the 3-card player-to-player pass for the Black Lady variant. Intuitively, the function
of this pass is to rid one's hand of undesirable cards, or to get a head start on clearing
What winning Texas
Holdem should be about?
Contrary to what most rookies might think, beating Texas Holdem online is not an
easy feat to accomplish. Being a game of small edges and of high luck-induced variance,
it's not easy to beat even if someone is playing at a table full off fish.
So, how do you choose between playing online in the comfort of your own home, or
getting in the car and living the experience in person?
To Show Or
There are many little things a good poker player will do to
increase their chances of a winning cash-game session or a high tournament finish.
One thing they can do is use a well-timed show of their cards to let other players know
they were either bluffing or had the nuts.
Caribbean stud poker was first played on Aruba near a pristine
powder white beach not far from a high-class designer jewelry boutique.
So you want to play video poker. First, you're going to need
to know what makes a hand. Sure, the video poker machines have paying hands on the
display, but it's almost always the names of the hands.
Of the thousands of different hands that a Hold 'em player can
receive as their hole cards, there are only a few that really get their blood
pumping. One of them is Ace-King (AK).
Poker As A
With the popularity of poker as high as it is right now, the
game is seeing more and more people who have crossed over from other careers to make
playing poker their full-time occupation.
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