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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

 

YOUR PLAYING STYLE

      There is no one mold that has casted successful big-bet poker players, or even World Champions.  There is considerable variance as to the number of starting hands played, aggressiveness, table image, and a host of other characteristics. My collaborator Mr. Reuben plays more attacking poker and has a fiercer table image than I do. But we both get the job done. It is up to each individual player to develop a style of plays that best suits him. Were I to try mimic Stew’s style, it is likely that may results would suffer, and perhaps vice-versa.


      But in all honesty, I feel that the solid style of play that I use is the best approach for the majority of players. If you play a lot of hands and are constantly using money to fight your way out of tight spots, you better be excellent at reading situations and opponents. Simply put, you need the highest quality of poker skills to be successful with a very aggressive style of play. And there will be wider fluctuations in your bankroll.

 



      Note that having a generally solid approach doesn’t mean you totally abandon such risky plays as raising a hold’em poker pot on a 7-6 suited, and so forth. You shouldn’t be completely predictable.  It is only the frequency of such a play that distinguishes the solid player from the very aggressive player.



      Most aggressive players are not in high gear all the time. A good aggressive player is turned into the situation and knows how much he can get away with. If the game is so weak that nearly all his bets are getting called, he is going to back off and start showing down winners.



      Please note that this difference in playing style primarily takes place early in the deal. We are talking about such things as how many hands to play and how often to raise the pot. Later on when you have a substantial amount of information about the enemy holding, it becomes les a question of style. There is likely a right and wrong thing to do by that time, and any good poker player is supposed to do the right thing. If that “right thing” calls for a bold bluff, even a solid player like myself is going to put the money into the pot.


      I think it is mistake to sit down at the table and say to yourself, “I am going to play super-solid tonight.” Or, “I am going to do some gambling this evening.” We do not know what cards are going to be dealt to us. If we start out with a nice run of hands, we will look like we are doing a lot of poker gambling, though we may actually have a good hand each time we have bet or raised. And if we hold the usual collection of ugliness, it will look as if we are playing tight poker, even though to play any of the terrible hands we have been dealt might make us a candidate for a mental institution. So do not decide ahead of time how to play, so much as go with the flow of the cards, and base your actions on how the other players are perceiving you at that point in the session.

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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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