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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

 

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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

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THE ODD'S
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Implied Odds PokerFiguring The Odd's
Percentage Table

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

INTRODUCTION

WHY PLAY POT - LIMIT

INTRODUCTION WHY PLAY POT - LIMIT Should a poker player who hs played only limit poker try to learn pot-limit Play? Nearly all of the world's great poker players would answer this question with a Firm and enthusiastic "Yes." What is the magnetic attraction of pot-limit for so many players, especially the good ones? A pot-size bet offers the would-be caller only 2-1 odds. This contrasts with Limit play, where pot odds of 5-1, 10-1, and even 20-1 are commonplace. At limit poker, These favorable odds mean most bets are called, and most pots are won by showing the best hand at the end. A bet or raise at pot-limit confronts the opposition with a far more weighty decision. Let us look at a typical pot, and contrast limit poker with pot-limit poker. Suppose in a hold'em game there is a $100 pot after the flop.At limit poker, a pot that size is likely the result of playing $10-$20 limit. There is not much leverage in a $10 bet when there is a C-note in the pot.

A player does not need to be a good mathematician to make a moderately satisfactory decision. If he thinks there is a chance to win, he plays; otherwise he folds. Drawing to an inside straight is probably a mistake, but not horribly so. Drawing to longshots all evening will eventually take its toll on your finances. But in a single given occasion such as this, it is only a minor peck on once's bankroll. At pot-limit, in contesting a $100 pot, nearly all bets are in the $50-$100 range. Suppose the opponent bets the limit, as he often does. What should we do? Now drawing to a low- percentage hand like an inside straight will normally be a horrible play. The decision whether to play or fold takes on much weight.

A bad decision will be expensive. The two forms of poker contrast even more sharply when you start figuring of out how much it will cost to play a hand through to the end. At $10-$20 limit poker, a $10 bet after the flop, a $20 bet in the turn, and a $20 bet on the end comes to a total of $50 to call a betting opponent all the way. At pot-limit, your opponent can bet $10 after the flop. With a $100 pot, a $100 bet, and $100 call, he will be able to bet $300 on the turn. The bet on the end could be $900. This is a grand total of $1,300 to see the hand through to the end. As you can imagine, the bluff is a formidable weapon at pot-limit. The target of a bet has to think about more than just the amount of the bet itself. He also must consider the possibility of being faced with subsequent bets. At pot-limit, not only are the bets far larger in relation to the pot; the subsequent bet size increases at a speedy rate.

(A raise skyrockets the pot size even faster.) So a medium-size bet also carries with it a threat to the opponent's entire stack of chips. Because of the massive leverage attached to a bet or raise at pot-limit poker, the skillful player has a tool to work with that can win a lot of money. At limit poker, you usually win a pot by having the best hand. The virtue of patience in waiting for good poker hands far outweighs the other poker skills. We pot-limit players thinks that poker should not be mainly a contest of patience. We like the far greater role in our game played by skills such as knowing when to bluff, reading our opponent correctly, having the nerve to push a freightload of chips in the pot when the occasion demands it, and knowing the proper odds. The good players love pot-limit poker because they can use their skills to the fullest extent. Limit poker is a fight between combatants who have to wear handcuffs; pot-limit poker is open warfare. If you are six- and-a-half feet tall and weigh 270 pounds, wouldn't you rather play tackle football instead of touch? Anyone who has played poker knows the frustration at limit play of trying in vain to make a good hand stand up. Those high pot odds when you bet the best hand mean you are chased by players drawing to inside straights, backdoor flushes, an overcard, a small pair hopping to improve, and a host of other shaky hands. If you could only bet more in relation to the pot size, you could make those chasers let go, or punish them severely for not doing so. Pot-limit play is the cure.

No longer do you need to fend off the vultures by wildly flapping your hands; you have a rifle to use. Obviously, a person who becomes skillful at pot-limit play has the opportunity to make money -a lot of money. Once you become good at poker, it is only logical that you will prefer the form of poker that give the maximum opportunity to use that talent. That form is clearly pot-limit. Pot-limit poker does not need to be looked at only with cold monetary eyes. Even though we like to win, we like to have fun doing it. Because of the strong poker psychological aspect of pot-limit poker, with its clever bluffs, intricately deceptive plays, and emphasis on reading the other fellow's hand, it is a much more enjoyable activity. It is fun to bet a few grand at somebody, know by their squirm that you have caught them with the hoped for poker hand, and watch them fold a winner. Hailing in a big pot won by a bluff is immensely enjoyable, and gives one the satisfying feeling that the money has been earned, instead of merely being lucky. So, by taking up pot-limit poker, you can fatten your bankroll, and have fun doing it. What more could a person ask for?

 

 

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