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1. When you pick up three low cards, what is the first thing that you should notice?

    -->   The cards that are out.

2. While it is good that the cards that make your hand are still in the deck, what is doubly good?
    -->   The cards that pair your hand are gone.

3. What is triply good hand?
    -->   The cards that pair your upcard are gone.

4. After looking at the cards that are gone, what should you do?
    -->   Adjust the strength of your hand.

5. Everything else being equal, rate hands?
    -->   A three-card bike is excellent, a three-card six or seven-four is good, a three-card rough seven or smooth eight is fair, while a three-card nine or rough eight is poor.

6. But what can the cards that are out do to these hands?
    -->   Easily shift them one category.

7. Example?
    -->   An 8-7-2 can become a good or possibly a fair hand if the wrong cards are gone.

8. Some poker play examples of this practice?
    -->   It is sometimes possible to put in the last raise with a 7 showing when up against several three-card lows.  It may be correct to occasionally throw away a three-card six, especially for a double raise.

9. Suppose the high card is to your immediate right and you are next with a three-card hand in the $ 3-$ 60 game (high ante).  Should you limp in?
    -->   No, it is almost never  correct to limp in.

10. Why?
    -->   Because it is wrong to give someone 6-to-1 odds to call with a weak hand where they might “out flop” you.

11. Exception?
    -->   An extremely good hand with the right cards out.

12. Suppose you do limp in and someone calls you who you suspect is weak, what must you be prepared to do in the $ 30-$ 60 game?
    -->   You must be prepared to call again on fourth poker street.

13. What is another reason to limp in with very good hands?
    -->   You suspect that someone else will raise and you can get an opportunity to reraise.

14. Should you ever limp in the $ 15-$ 30 (low ante) game?
    -->   Yes.

15. Why is that?
    -->   Because anyone else who limps in won’t get sufficient pot odds in this smaller ante game.

16. Give another reason to limp in with good hands?
    -->   To set up situations that allow you to play marginal poker hands.

17. Such as?
    -->   You have a decent three-card hand but most of your cards are out.

18. Example?
    -->   You have 7-5-2 with the 5 showing and there were two 4s and an ace gone.


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