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Table Games : Game Tips & Strategies


1.) Don't play cash poor: as a general rule you should start with
40-50 times the table limit.
2.) If you've got nothing in your hand, get out.
4.) If you've got a cinch hand, make them pay to see it.
5.) If they've got you beat, fold.
6.) The goal is to beat the other players, not have the highest hand. If everyone else folds, you take the pot.
7.) Don't try to beat a better player: if you're lucky,
you'll win small; if you're not, you'll lose big.
8.) There's an even chance that you won't better your opening hand.
9.) When it comes to Draw Poker Strategy we begin by considering the rank of the winning hands. In the Rules of
Draw Poker, we introduced the 5-card hands and their ranking. Here's some idea of the odds on receiving those hands on the
opening deal:

Chances of being dealt the following hands in the original 5 cards:













HAND ODDS
Royal Flush 650,000
Straight
Flush
72,200
Four
of a Kind
4,200
Full
House
700
Flush 510
Straight 250
Three
of a Kind
48
Two
Pair
21
One
Pair
2.4
No
Pair
2

Based
on these chances of receiving an opening hand, there are a
few things you can immediately conclude:

the more
players at the table, the greater the chance that one or more
players has a Pair, for example. In other words...
the more players at the table, the lower the relative value
of the lesser ranked hands.
if you haven't got a Pair or better, or four cards to a Flush
or Straight, Fold immediately.
Perhaps this last bit of advice needs some elaboration. What
it comes down to is this: if you hold nothing in the opener
your chances of improving and beating the other players are
too slim. Of course this means that you'll fold most of your
opening hands. Welcome to Draw Poker.

So let's
assume you've got a little something to build on. Every beginning
player wants to know whether they should hold a kicker and
a Pair, or just the Pair. Same with Trips. As you'll see in
the following, the odds almost always favor tossing the kicker:


Chances of making:






HAND any improvement 2
pair
3
of a kind
Full
House
4
of a kind
Drawing
three cards to a Pair
1
in 2.5
1
in 5
1
in 8
1
in 97
1
in 360
Drawing
two to a Pair with kicker
1
in 3
1
in 5
1
in 12
1
in 120
1
in 1100
Drawing
two to Three of a Kind
1
in 8.5

--
-- 1
in 15.5
1
in 22.5
Drawing
one to Three of a Kind with kicker
1
in 11
-- -- 1
in 15
1
in 46

Needless
to say, the better your opener, the better your chances of
improving it. But forget about trying to build something out
of a three card Flush or Straight: your odds are 1 in 23 and
1 in 150 respectively. It's highly unlikely that the pot would
ever justify that kind of risk.

On the
upside, observe the following chances if you hold four cards
to build on:

Chances
of completion:










when
drawing one card to
ODDS
Four
cards of a Flush
1
in 4.5
Straight
open at both ends
1
in 5
Straight
open at one end
1
in 11
Straight
open on the inside
1
in 11
Straight
Flush open at both ends
1
in 23
Straight
Flush open at one end
1
in 46
Straight
Flush open on the inside
1
in 46

In the
end, it's these odds that must advise you on your Poker betting
decisions. If you've got a four-card Flush and it'll cost
you $20 to stay in, the question is "yes or no"?


First
question:
what are your chances of completion on the draw?
1 in 4.5 So if you're going to stay in, that pot better pay
you $90 or better (4.5 x $20), after you deduct your ante
and bets thus far. Anything else is blind faith in beating
the odds and the sidelines are full of players who tried that
as their betting policy. Look where it got them.

Of course,
Poker wouldn't be Poker if that was all there was to it. Bluffing,
intimidation, body language and all the rest of it come into
the game if you're playing your opponents across a table instead
of across cyberspace. If that's your game I suggest you do
some serious reading.

There
are many, many books on the Poker subject and your first tough
choice will be picking one. But remember, Poker has been around
a long time. Anyone that tries to sell you a "hot new
strategy" is beating you at the book counter, not the
Poker table. Go with the pros.



Table Games School Lessons
Lesson 1: Poker History
Where did this card game come from? How did it get its name? Find out here.
Lesson 2: Poker Rules
The basics and the variations. Rules and regulations… How do you play Poker anyways?
Lesson 3: Poker Hands
So you know the basics, find out what hand wins over what… Does a straight beat 3 Aces?
Lesson 4: Poker Betting
“You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold then”… and when to raise!
Lesson 5: Poker Strategy
Learn how to play and point to follow to play smart
Lesson 6: Poker Vocabulary
Impress your buddies on Poker night, with High Roller lingo.
 
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