Beginners Strategy Trap with the Low Jam with the High

When you have a good high-type hand like ( K-K) x, you should jam it, in order to clear out the field and alow yourself the best chance to win the pot. With high hands, you just want to win the pot, period. I f y ou have ( K-7) K and several p layers have already called the bring-in bet ( the bring-in bet is discussed in Chapter 11) or a completion of t he bring-in bet ( to one full bet), t hen don't bother jamming the pot, because you may find yourself folding your hand on fifth street to two low hands. Jam with your kings in two- or three-handed pots; but against three or more opponents, wait t o j am it until either they catch bad or you catch good.

With powerful l ow hands like (A-2) 5, j ust call someone else's bet ( or raise) and keep the pot small and the field big. That way, i f you hit something like J, Q to your hand, you lose the minimum. Conversely, i f you hit 3, 4 to your hand (and make a wheel), you'll win the maximum, since you'll h ave a l ot of opponents in the pot to pay you of on the last three big-bet rounds of betting. ( Most of the time your wheel wiil win the high side of the pot as well.)

I recommend smooth-calling with premium low hands, unless a couple of players have already entered the pot, in which case you want to jam the pot right away. With this early raise, you'l d eprive your hand of s ome of its deception value, b ut you'l stiil b uild a big pot. When I consider j amming a pot with a couple of c allers already i n the pot, I' m looking for a premium low hand on the upper half of the list, not merely a ( 6-7) 8 off s uit.

Ideally, when you have one of the top premium starting hands i n Stud 8/b, y ou want many opponents and many raises on the first round of beting! But you want more opponents more than you want a bigger pot, o n the first r ound of betting.

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