Guidelines and Tactics

Conventional players feel that a poker player should at the very least have a four-card flush, four-card straight or a high pair to place a wager. Nonetheless if the bet isn’t too high and a player has a small pair, a medium pair or even just two high cards he could stay on for yet another round.

(Normally a pair of Jacks or a higher pair is considered a high pair, the sevens, eights, nines or tens could be deemed a medium pair while a pair of sixes and under would be deemed a small pair). If the players have placed huge wagers in the very first round and a player doesn’t have even a pair the odds are another player has a high pair. This is especially true if there are more players in the game.

When the players place high wagers in the first round it usually means that they have a good set of cards irrespective of how many players are in the poker game. The odds of winning the kitty are very less which means that it would be advisable to quit (or sham) instead of hoping to get better cards. It is quite possible that one could receive better cards on the draw; still it is advisable to get out as you might end up losing lots of money if you don’t.

A player shouldn’t place a high bet or raise the wager if he has a good set of cards such as a high three. By doing this, the player would be detracting any prospective wages. When the player has a good set of cards it is suggested the online poker player plays the first round calmly and just match the other wagers. On the other hand if another player has raised the initial wager then there would be no harm in raising the wager.

Conversely, let’s say a player has a high pair then he could place a high wager. It is a good set of cards but then they aren’t impossible to beat. When you place a high wager the chances are some of the other players might think you have a good set of cards and you could walk away with the kitty.

It need not be said that you have to have some cards in the first place to improve on what you have. Let us say you have a pair of Queens, hold on to them and take three new cards. There is a 1 in 3.48 chance of enhancing the cards a player has if they keep the pair and take three new cards. (For more information on the prospect of enhancing your cards, se page 89-91).

It is advisable to enhance the cards that you have instead of trying to chase a possible set of cards. To illustrate my point, let’s say you have 4, 5, 6, 7, 7, you should keep the two sevens rather than to expect you will get a straight. You could benefit if you have a four flush or a four-straight. It would be chancy to hope to get a inside straight, three-straights (three cards in a sequence) or three flush (three suited cards).

A good player wouldn’t attempt this. An amateur would likely make the mistake of drawing to an inside straight (see glossary page 106) although the chances of winning are very slim. The more proficient players would never suggest that a player draw to an inside straight.