## Table Betting Paces

 Phase Ratio Increasing Ratio --> Open (opening bet, \$) (# callers) pot, \$ Slow pace --> Fast pace Raise (raise bet, \$) (# callers) pot, \$ Slow pace --> Fast pace Final bet (last bet, \$) (# callers) pot, \$ Slow pace --> Fast pace Bluff (# bluffs) (average # final callers) #hands played Slow pace --> Fast pace

Few hands are played at the optimum betting pace. And if, for example, the betting pace is relatively slow, the optimum pace will be somewhat faster. A person increases his investment and edge odds by playing closer to the optimum pace.

In the Monday night game, John realizes that the betting in seven-card stud moves at a fast pace during the early rounds, but slows considerably in the late rounds of big bets. He takes advantage of that imbalance by laying back during the early rounds as players get drawn in and disclose their betting tendencies. Then in the later rounds, he quickens the pace by betting aggressively. But while playing closer to the optimum pace himself, John is careful not to correct the imbalanced pace of other players.

The following ratios illustrate how John Finn estimates and influences the hand pace of the Monday night, seven-card stud game.

 Phase Without John Finn Estimated Ratios Pace With John Finn Estimated Ratios Open \$4 X 4 =.70 \$23 Too fast (first round) \$5 X 3 =.40 \$38 I \$5 X 4 =.48 \$42
 Final bet \$20 X 2 =.20 \$198 Too slow \$25 X 3 =.25 \$297 Final raise Best hand should raise, but often does not John Finn often makes final raise

The techniques for applying the Advanced Concepts of Poker are described in Part Two of this book.

The techniques for applying the Advanced Concepts of Poker are described in Part Two of this book.

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