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BIG-BET POKER CONCEPTS

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Why Play Pot Limit
Comparing Pot-Limit
Poker's Ten
You Playing Style
How Deep Are You
Taking The Initiative
Drawing Hand's
Psychology
Reading The Opponent
The Art of Bluffing
Betting The Bully
No Limit Play
All In Coups

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SPECIFIC POKER FORMS
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Using The Material
Pot-Limit & No-Limit
Big-Bet Hold'em Q/A
Big-Bet Hold'em Q/A 5-10
Big-Bet Hold'em Q/A 11-20
Pot-Limit Omaha
Pot-Limit Omaha Q/A
Seven-Card Stud
Lowball Draw
Key Pot-Limit
London Lowball Q/A
High Low Split
High Low Split Q/A
Strip Deck Poker

 

 

DEALING BIG-BET POKER

        Even non-dealers should be familiar with the proper rules and procedure for dealing big-bet poker. This enables the player to protect his rights and encourage the proper running of the game.
        It is more difficult to deal pot-limit poker than limit poker. There is the additional mental burden of keeping track of the pot size, and policing overbets. Pot-limit players are usually quite experienced, have a good knowledge of how the game should be run, and tend to be fussier about it than limit players. Also, dealer error tend to be more costly at pot-limit. On the other hand, a good dealer is certainly appreciated by the players, and hopefully given the appropriate monetary reward (via tokes) for being competent.


        The initial requirement for dealing pot-limit is a thorough knowledge of rules and procedures used in the game. See our preceding chapter “Pot-limit Poker Rules” on this.

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Here are some tips on being a good pot-limit dealer:

(1) Always keep track of the pot size by mental arithmetic. Do not rely on stacking the chips for a count. In fact, most players feel that stacking the chips is not just unnecessary, but unwanted. It draws too much attention to the pot size. (A good dealer will learn to use some easy mental shortcuts to aid in computing quickly. For example, if one player bets the size of the pot and the next player wants to raise the maximum, the total amount needed by the raiser is four times the pot size.)


(2)   Do not announce the pot size unless specifically asked by a poker player. The announcement “I’m going to raise” should be treated simply as a player protecting himself against a charge of string-betting, and not an inquiry as to the maximum allowable bet. Pot-limit play differs from most limit games by allowing the bettor to choose how much to bet. The alert player attaches a lot of importance to the amount an opponent bets. In a game that requires the dealer to announce the pot size every time a player is about to bet or raise, may more wagers are the full size of the pot. Furthermore, special attention is indirectly drawn to any wager that is not the limit. A rule that lets the dealer’s mouth strongly influence the betting, and prevents the natural flow of information conveyed by the bet size, is certainly a bad rule.

(3)   If you think a player may be over poker betting the pot size, announce how much is in the
pot, and trim down any excess. Example: If there is $500 in the pot, and a player moves in a stack of chips that exceed that amount, say “$500 is all you can bet.” If you don’t know the pot size (presumably because the action is moving very fast) simply say “he bets the pot” when someone makes an obvious overbet. You have then protected both the player and his opponent, and can comfortably straighten out the exact amount. 
(4) Even though there is a rule that says the placing of a single chip or bill in the pot is only a call unless the player has said “raise.” the dealer should make the appropriate statement of “call” or “raise” whenever this happens. An oral announcement makes matters crystal clear. He should also change the chip or bill immediately if the player only called. These actions by the dealer are very helpful in preventing any misunderstandings.
(5)  When a pot with equalized original bets is getting raised, it is usually better for the  dealer to take those original bets into the center pot. ( This occurs, for example, when the big blind wishes to raise.) Taking in the original bets lets the dealer have better control over the subsequent action. (6)   In a threeway pot with one player all-in, do not take in the extra chips bet on the side ad put them together for a sidepot. Leave them in front of the players who bet them, and simply announce that they constitute the sidepot. That way, it is easier for everyone to remember at the showdown which players are involved in the sidepot. You should ask for the side pot hands to be shown first. This avoids the unfortunate situation where a player involved only in the main pot shows down a big hand, ad a sidepot contender unthinkingly throws his hand away.
(7)   In a pot where a large number of players get all-in, it may be a time-saving idea to leave each player’s individual bet in front of him. Hopefully, the person with the most money will show up with the best hand, saving several minutes of bookwork.

(8)    It is part of the dealer’s responsibility to help players get information to which they are entitled. Don’t allow concealed hands, hidden high-denomination chips, and that sort of thing. On the other hand, don’t be a motormouth that announces each player’s action with a running commentary. Good judgment by the dealer about when to speak an what to say is helpful.
(9)      Always remember that pot-limit players have many decisions that are not easy, and are far-reaching in their financial consequences. Do not try to force the force the pace of play as if the game were a crew of rookies in a low-stakes game. Such dealer methods as pointing to each player as the action proceeds around the table, or saying “It’s on you” to a player that pauses to think, have no place in a pot-limit game. To be sure, the dealer should wake up a player who does not know it is his turn to act. Beyond that, it is better to let the game flow at a natural pace.
         In America, where limit holdem poker is by far the more common form, dealers are often taught only how to deal limit games; pot-limit dealing procedure is usually neglected. A good pot-limit dealer is hard to find, and players should show their appreciation generously when they are lucky enough to get one

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SPECIAL SITUATION
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Tournament Strategy
Shorthanded Play

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GENERAL INFORMATION
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Poker History
Business
Pot-Limit Rules
Dealing Big-Bit Poker
The House Charge
Ethics & Courtesy
Cheating
Internet Poker

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THE ODD'S
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implied-odds-probability-poker.htmlFiguring The Odd's
Percentage Table

Odd's For Hold'em
Special Odd's Table
High-Low or Better

 

 
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