The Rank of Starting Hands in OB

The best possible starting hand in 08B is A-A-2-3, with the A-2 good as it gets i n 08B for a starting hand. Any A-A-2-3 with j ust one suited pair is the next-best possible hand, followed by A-A-2-3 with no suits. Why is t his hand so strong First, y ou're s tarting with the best possible pair (A-A) second, you have the nut-flush possibility when you're suited to the ace and, third, you already have three wheel cards that offer the best possible l ow combination (A-2), the second-best possible...

Superadvanced Megalomaniac NLH Theory Playing with Nothing

Some great NLH players l ike to call an opponent's raise with any two cards, b ecause they t hink t hey can outplay the raiser l ater on in the hand. Again, I 'll s ingle out Daniel Negreanu as a player who uses this strategy. ( Sorry, Danny.) In many NLH tournaments I've watched Daniel apply this s trategy, knowing full weH what he was doing The key to the strategy lies i n recognizing who the preflop raiser i s. If the preflop raiser i s a weak player ( if you're new to the game, it's more...

Playing in a World Series of Poker WSOP Tournament

All the WSOP tournaments are held at the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, at high noon. To register for a WSOP tournament, you first get a card with a registration number on it from one of t he cages. This card is good for all t he WSOP events t hat year. Then, take cash for the buy-in and fees of t he t ournament you wish to enter to the main cage in the tournament area. There your money wiil be exchanged for chips, which you then take to the registration...

Omaha Eight or Better High Low Split Strategy

Omaha eight or better 08B i s the world's second most popular poker game right now I f you walk into any card room on the West Coast of the United States, you wiil find people playing 08B. Check out any card room in Los Angeles like the Commerce Casino or in Las Vegas like the Bellagio , and you'll find many different 08B limits being played. One reason for the popularity of 08B is that you are initially dealt four hole cards instead of t wo, t her ef ore players find a lot more hands to play...

Beginners Strategy after Three Cards Trap or

To trap or not to trap that i s t he eternal question in poker By trapping, I mean that you j ust call your chief opponent's bets and raises with a powerful starting hand in order to induce your other opponents to continue playing their weaker hands. Lately, though, I seem to have gotten away from trapping i n Stud 8 b. I've been playing my powerful starting hands fast raising and reraising in order t o try to win the antes with them right away. By doing this I'm putting in a lot of money right...

Beginners Strategy for NLH and PLH

Even though there are some diiferences, I 'm going to treat NLH and PLH as if they were the same game, for the duration of this discussion. As i s always the case in Hold'em, supertight is r ight for beginning players while they learn to get their feet wet Therefore I r ecommend that you restrict yourself to the top ten hands and pairs only while you learn the game. I n other words, play only the 13 pairs aces down through deuces , plus A-K and A-Q before the flop in NLH. Although my top ten...

A K A or KQJ

You bet, raise, and reraise quite a bit because you have hit top pair with top kicker. In every case where an A or a Khits the flop you wiil h ave t op pair with top kicker A-A-K or A-K-K , and this i s a very strong hand in Hold'em For example, if the flop i s A-9-4, then you have a pair of aces with a king kicker. This hand wiil b eat a ll other pairs o f aces l ike A-Q, A-J, A-10, A-8, etc. But l et's s uppose now that the flop is A-9-4 and someone i s holding A-9. Your A-K would be l osing...

Reraising the Jackal with a Top Ten Hand in Cyberspace

The game is 10- 20 limit which means you could win or lose 1,000 on any given night at UltimateBet.com, a n online poker site. You have A-K in the second position and with your raise you make it 20 to go. The elephant, in the fourth position, calls the 20 that's what elephants do, after all , a nd then the j ackal makes it 30 to go from the small blind. What s hould you do You make it 40 to go, figuring that y ou have both t he j ackal and the elephant beat. The elephant has probably called...

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Professional Poker Player, Card Player Magazine Tournament Poker Editor and Aeekly gambling columnist for the Detroit Free Press Phil Hellmuth, Jr., a seven-time winner of the World Series of Poker, has put t ogether a powerhouse of a book the culmination of more t han 17 years of t ournament play. Play Poker Like the Pros wiil t each you how to play and win the most popular casino and family poker games. Phil begins by laying out how to set up and play each game and then moves on to explain...

Spencers Approach Fire Up the Game

Some years ago at t he Bicycle Club Casino in Los Angeles, there was a regular named Spencer Ouren he was very well l iked . Spencer was about my age and was on his way to becoming a poker l egend before his untimely death in 1992. S pencer would sit down at the 80- 160-limit Hold em table and raise every hand in the dark, to the maximum before the flop he wouldn t even l ook at his hole cards for one round. He did this e very s in gle t ime he s at down i n a high-limit game. Players began to...