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Where there are more than two people in the pot, as soon as one is all-in, this leads to a sidepot in which the all-in player has no interest. If he tapped players is first to speak in a stud poker game, the betting in England then proceeds to the next-best hand showing. In America it proceeds clockwise from the all-in player. The English system is better poker. 

                     Only when a player is going all-in is he allowed to under-raise in a multihanded pot. This under-raise cannot be used to make a further raise. Thus Player A bets $100, Player B calls, Player C raises $20 all-in. Now neither A nor B can reraise. D can do whatever he wants. I believe it is unethical to use a player’s small all-in bet to take further action in a given round. The pot is $100. Player A checks, Player B checks, C now goes all-in for $20. Player A calls and now B raises. It isn’t against the rules but that don’t make it right. A good rule might be that a poker player’s all-in bet cannot be used to take action if that bet is less than 50% of than minimum buy-in. {Note from Bob; most American cardrooms use the rule that a wager must be at least the size of the minimum bring-in to reopen the betting to a player who has already acted.}

                   Gruesome things can happen it you are not careful, due to the artificial nature of a situation where a player has no money left. Seven-card stud poker. Ken (???) 7 9 4 2. Alf (???) Q 6 8 2. John, all-in (???) A J 6 J. Adam (J 7 ?) 10 Q A 8. The pot was $1000. Adam knew he had bought the straight; there was no sidepot and he bet $500. Ken and Alf each gave it a long think and each passed reluctantly. Adam triumphantly showed his “straight,” but it turned to ashes. To his dismay, he had bought another 7, not a 9. He couldn’t beat the open jacks, which was all John held. Now all hell broke loose. Ken claimed he had been pushed out with trip nines, and Alf claimed to have held trip eights. Of course John had to win the pot, as neither Ken nor Alf had any cards at all. Alf should have tried to hold onto his hand until the others had shown down. Even if there had been a side pot of just $50, Adam’s bet would have been legal- albeit a bit mischievous to deprive players of their chance to win the whole pot for such scant reward.

                   I was reproached about my actions in the following London lowball hand. The pot size was $10K. I had (A 2) 3 7 10 J.Ed (? ?) 2 9 Q 5. Gerry (? ?) A 8 8 K. Ed had only $500 left. I bet $10K, Ed called and Gerry passed. Ed’s 9 low stood up. Now Gerry complained bitterly I had pushed him out of the pot when losing to Ed. This doesn’t stand up. Had I checked, Ed bet his $500, Gerry called, and then I raised, that would indeed be unethical. But Ed could have paired up. It is unlikely he has an 8 in the hole, four to a 9-8 being such a poor hand. Thus he has two of A 3 4 5 6 7 in the hole. His latest upcard pairing a 5 in the hold can be expected 32% of the time. Also I didn’t want to let Gerry into the pot on sixth street, only for me to improve to an 8 low and find he has made a better one. If he has four to a good low, let him call; my 10 made is a winning proposition for the sidepot.

                   In an Omaha coup I had J-10-9-6 double-suited. We were three handed and there had been a blind bet and a raise before the flop, which came K-Q-5. The pot was $4000 and I went all-in for this sum. The original raiser, Donnacha O’Dea, dwelt and passed his aces. The other player called all-in for $200 and won the pot with a pair of kings, as the last two cards didn’t improve me. Donnacha is one of the very best and most ethical players, but he still hasn’t forgiven me for poker bluffing him out, allowing a virtually all-in player to win. But my action gave me 11 outs in two cards to win the pot, about a 46% chance, for only $200. Had I checked, the aces might have set me in, and obviously I am less than even money. Had he checked and then I checked on fourth poker street, he would probably have bet. Then my excellent odds would have been in tatters. A check would only have gained it we both check on the flop, an ace comes on fourth street, I check, and he goes all-in without improving on the river. Omaha Poker is a peculiar game in that it is commonplace to have a drawing hand close to 50% or even higher. No, my play stands up to the closest scrutiny.


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