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When all the cards are out, your play is covered quite clearly in theory of poker on “Heads-Up on the End.” It will occur sometimes, of course, that you will be up against more than opponent, however, this will be rare.

I leave it to reader’s  common sense to determine he right play poker games, especially because the kinds of variations that could happen in a multiway pot are too numerous to go into detail. 

About the only point I should make is that in a multiway pot, when all the cards exposed, if there is one opponent who is forced to call you and you know you have him beat, it is almost certainly worth betting your hand for value even if your other opponent is drawing to beat you.

Thus, if a bike draw has checked in the blind or has yet to act you still must bet a seven made into what you know is an eight if you are sure you will get called. Sometimes your bet will cost you an extra bet but more often it will gain you a get or two.

As I have said the theoretical play after all the cards are out is covered in theory of pokerLet us see how these various theoretical plays apply to razz poker. On the end in razz, your possible plays can basically be separated into eight categories.

Four of these categories arise when you are first to act, in which case you may come out betting, or check with the intention of raising, or check with the intention of calling, or check with the intention of folding. When you are second, you also have  four possibilities, betting if he checks, folding, raising, or calling if he bets.

Let us examine those situations where you are the second one to act. The simplest case arises when he bets and you are debating whether your hand is worth a call.

Theoretically, the question is a matter of what your chances are of winning the hand in comparison to the odds you are getting from the pot.

Thus, if your opponent bets $ 30 into a $ 210 pot you should call him if your chances of winning that hand are better than 8-to-1 (240-to-30) against you. Making the determination of your chances of winning a hand is a matter of reading hands and knowing your opponent.

Before giving some illustrations of reading poker hands I should point out that when you make your determination as to whether a call is profitable or not doesn’t automatically mean you have determined the right play.

It may turn out that a raise is an even better play.  For instance, if in the situation just mentioned you think that you will win the pot 10 percent of the time by calling and 30 percent of the time by raising, you have a situation where a call is not worth it but a raise is.

In this case, you would be getting 240-to-60 or 4-to-1 odds.  It may even occur that a call is a profitable play but a raise is more profitable still. Once again using this example if you think there is a 20 percent chance that a call will win the pot for you but a 50 percent chance that a raise will (because he will throw his hand away)  it once again is better to raise.

Plays like raising on the end in hopes that your opponent will throw his hand away for one last bet, can usually only be done against excellent players who are capable of throwing decent hands away.

The best example of play like this would be where you have what appears to be an easy calling hand, yet you still raise. A tough opponent will see that you had an easy call and will then reason why would you bother to raise unless you made a monster.  As an example, if he has

and you have

it can be a very good play to raise him with just an eight low. If your opponent is a very good player he will say to himself, “Why would this man raise with an eight low when he could just as easily have called with it hoping that I don’t have a seven? 



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