J T T

Final round betting: Seat #3 checks; seat #7 bets $150; seat #3 folds. There is no showdown, and seat #7 captures the $950 pot, including his uncalled final $150 wager.

Hands Exposed

Now let's expose the two-card starting hands held by the players in Pot A:

Before you read further, go back over the action with this new knowledge. Let's use an MCU Poker Chart to make it easier to review the action. I'll do you a favor by showing all the private cards face up before the flop ...

MCU Poker Chart

Game: Hold 'em Structure: $50 and $75 blinds, $75 bets on starting hand and flop, $150 thereafter.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Pot

J* 9*

4*

Q* 8*

4—— 4—

J—— TV

8* 6*

K* 2*

<<<

=225

► ▲150 =225

=150 =225^

▲ 225

▲ 225 =300

75

▲ 300

▲ 300 =450^

150 ▲ 450

= 150 =450

$3,300

► V

=150 =300^

▲ 300

$3,900

WIN

<<<

Chart key: Action reads left to right, top to bottom. Each betting round begins ► with and ends with Other markings and symbols: a (ante); b (blind bet); V (check); = (call); ▲ (raise); -(fold); • (dealer position, a.k.a. "the button"). A seat number surrounded by asterisks (for example, *1*) is your seat. Any wager not preceded by a symbol is a voluntary first bet. Wagers indicate the total invested on a betting round. The money in the rightmost column indicates total pot size after the betting

Examine the previous MCU Poker Chart and you'll see some weak calls, maybe an unexpected raise or two, and several borderline decisions. Yes, many of your opponents really do play hands this way — quite often!

OK, now let's look at the two-card starting hands held by players in Pot B:

Seat 3

Seat

Ah, gee whiz! They typeset the same hands again. Let me go talk to all the printer-publisher-type people and see if we can get it straightened out. I'll be right back with the Pot B hands ...

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