BOBBY The Owl Baldwin

Bobby won all the money again. . .that's what my friend Iron Man told me a couple of years ago during one of his frequent visits to Vegas. After having played twenty years in Texas I was naturally curious about what was happening. Everytime I talked I got the same answer. Some young kid I didn't even know had taken over where I had left off. I couldn't believe it possible that some unknown like Bobby Baldwin would come along and dominate the group of good Poker players I knew inhabited the...

DAVID Einstein Sklansky

Those who can't .teach. We've all heard that one. And, like most generalizations, there's some truth in it. But, only the very naive would take that statement to be entirely true. . .because there are many teachers who could easily do. They don't do because teaching is what they find most fulfilling. And that's true. Absolutely true. I know. Because David Sklansky my expert collaborator on High-Low Split will probably soon be living proof of a doer who'd be happier teaching....

Introduction a lasting lesson

When I was 18 years old, I was playing in a Seven-Card Stud game one night in my home town of Sweetwater, Texas. I had been playing conservatively, rationally and intelligently attempting to use my abilities to grind out a nice win for myself against players I was pretty sure I could beat. Unfortunately, the story does not have a happy ending, and I learned a lesson that night that I have tried not to forget since in my later years as a sometime gambler in college and a full-time gambler in Las...

Proved Myself twice

Guys have played a shade better than me when we got to betting on the course. I remember going back east with my best friend Jack Binion one year and ending up playing Golf with a millionaire. We kept raising the stakes until finally we had 180,000 riding on one hole. He putted out for a par to my bogey and all that money just flew away. And that's just one of several such stories I could tell you. Now, the title of this book is How 1 Made over 1,000,000 Playing Poker. The title of my next one...

Example

Most likely to involve a lot of players and yet your one Pair will probably be the best hand. With FLOP 5, you might get anywhere from one to perhaps as many as six callers, and still have the best hand. It is not difficult to imagine the following hands As an exercise, figure out how many cards will beat your hand on Fourth Street. There are 27 7-Spades, 3-Jacks, 2-Sixes, 3-Fours, 2-Nines, 2-Sevens, 2-Fives, 2-Queens, 2-Eights and 2-Tens. Every card above a Three which does not help your hand...

Gardena Razz

Pass-Out is such a rare form of Lowball that it hardly deserves mention. There's no Blind, and you must either throw in a bet before the draw or throw your cards away. Your minimum standards must be a lot more conservative, both on Pat hands and on drawing hands. Raise Blind games are the ones with the most action. They offer the most potential profit. . .although you've got to expect a lot of bankroll fluctuations along the road. A general rule is to play Pat hands a lot more liberally. Most...

Lead Into The Raiser

When I get so-called loose action .it's when somebody does have a hand. At those times, all the money is subject to go to the center. And when it does as you now know I've usually got the worst hand. But I can also find a hand when I look down. And, once in a while, it's the best hand. When I'm up against another hand at those times. . .the pot gets to be a mountain. It wouldn't be nearly as big if I wasn't the aggressive player I am. I'd never get the action I do...

Summary Of Positional Considerations

This will be a summary of some of the things you should consider that is, the general way you should play the various playable hands depending on whether you're in an early, middle or late position. Early is the first two positions after the high card middle is the next three positions late is the last two positions. In an early position, the first thing you must do is dismiss any thoughts you might have about bluffing or trying to steal the antes. If you're going to play your hand from an...

How To Draw

The Straight A4Hoker-54 -3 unless you're sure you must beat Trips. 6 Draw two to Three-of-a-kind unless you have a specific reason to draw one. You may keep a kicker to disguise your hand or because certain cards have been exposed and you're keeping a live card. If you do keep a kicker, the Ace is usually the best. Chances of making a Full House or Four-of-a-kind are just as good keeping an Ace kicker as drawing two, in fact, slightly better. However, your chances of making Four-of-a-kind...

Draws

But these situations are far more common in Hold 'em because of the community cards. You'll be learning many more peculiar and interesting things about this game. For example, when you have a Pair of Aces and a single Ace flops giving you a Set of Trips . . .there'll always be the possibility that the next card off could make someone a Straight. I'll discuss this in greater detail later when I tell you how I play two Aces when I flop a Set. In fact, Straight and...

Flush Draws on Fourth Street

On Fourth St., say your three-Flush is still a three-Flush you've busted out. The major rule to follow here is if the pot had NOT been raised or raised only one time .you should pass. If somebody bets into you, throw your hand away. You deviate from this rule only when you've had to put in two or more bets on Third St. In that case, you can take another card if it doesn't seem likely that you'll again have to face the prospect of more than one bet. If on Fourth St., you have not completely...

Be Competitive

Benny Binion Chill Wills

Then to make matters worse, one of our local bookmakers made this poor fellow a 100 to 1 shot not to win the tournament. Nobody likes to be a 100 to 1 dog. The guy left, and he hasn't been back. Each of the Professionals had invested 10,000 every year for several years, knowing he probably would not win it, but did it anyway to stimulate action. And then these two guys the big name and the bookmaker drove off one of the biggest action men we had ever attracted just for the sake of...

Hold Em Absence Of Aces Before Flop By Number Of Players

Number of The probability that If you have one If you have no Ace Players no player has an Ace, the the probability Ace, Including probability that no that no other yourself , no other player player has an Ace, expressed In has an Ace, expressed In percent . . . expressed In percent . . . percent . . . 2 71.87 88.24 84.49 3 60.28 77.45 70.86 4 50.14 67.57 58.95 5 41.34 58.57 48.60 6 33.76 50.41 39.68 7 27.27 43.04 32.05 8 21.76 36.43 25.58 9 17.13 30.53 20.14 10 13.28 25.31 15.61 11 10.12 20.71...

Courage the heart of the matter

I'm asking you to walk a very thin line between wisdom and courage, and keep a tight rein on both. The line gets thinner the more you excel at Poker. The reason it's so narrow a line is that courage is one of the outstanding characteristics of a really top player. It's important because some people completely break down when they lose a big pot, and they play very badly after that. Whereas other men play just that much harder. If I could give you a single player to take as a shining example of...

Derivation of the Playing Standards

Before I discuss these playing standards, you should know about the trouble I went to in making sure they are the best guidelines ever published. First, my expert Joey Hawthorne and I spent days going over actual game situations and pooling our years of playing experience. We came up with a set of guidelines that would make any Lowball addict envious. But I didn't figure even that was enough. We talked to a lot of Professionals and a couple of mathematicians. And then my Draw expert, Crazy Mike...

Hold Em Basic Data

You will hold a Pair before the Flop You will hold suited cards before the Flop You will hold 2 Kings or 2 Aces before the Flop You will hold Ace-King before the Flop You will hold at least 1 Ace before the Flop If you have four parts of a Flush after the Flop, you will make it If you have four parts of an Open-end Straight-Flush after the Flop, you will make a Straight-Flush If you have four parts of an Open-end Straight-Flush after the Flop, you will make at least a Straight If you have...

Play Aggressively its the winning way

There's a very well-known Poker player, a man who enters the World Series of Poker every year, who has a talent for figuring out exactly what your hand is. But when he decides that you're holding a Pair of Jacks in Hold 'em and his own hand will not beat the Jacks, he'll try to make you throw your hand away. To me, that's not being aggressive .that's being stupid. It works sometimes, but should you jeopardize your money when you think your opponent's got a good hand Let him win the pot and wait...

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Lowball Pete and his friend SHORTY

This guy named Lowball Pete went over to his friend Shorty's house and Pete said to Shorty I've got to have some money, the baby don't have any food, the rent's due and they're going to throw me out of my house. So Shorty, who was a good friend of Pete's said well I understand, here's 100. Pete said thanks Shorty, I'll pay you back as soon as I can. Shorty said well, I know that. Where are you going now And Pete said I'm going over to Al's house, they have a 200 limit Lowball game going right...

TELLS look for them and youll find them

Once you've pegged a player's basic style, don't make the mistake of assuming he's going to play that same way every day of his life. Sometimes a player makes a conscious effort to change his manner of play. More often, however, his current mood affects his play. Some days people have more of a playing spirit than on other days. If a man doesn't feel like playing, and has become involved in a game anyway, he'll throw his hand away very easily. He can be bluffed. But if you see another guy...

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Jimmy The Greek Snyder iii Preface by Amarillo Slim Preston v vii My Story in Brief 1 General Poker Strategy 17 Super System's Power Course in Draw Poker 49 Crazy Mike Caro 51 In Seven-Card David Chip Super System's Power Poker Course In Lowball 169 Joey Howard Hughes Hawthorne 171 Deuce-to-Seven 221 Seven-Card Low Razz 237 In High-Low Split Cards Speak 245 David Einstein Sklansky 247 High-Low Declare 318 Super System's Twin Courses In Hold 'em 331 In Limit Hold Bobby The Owl...

Hold Em Long Shots

The probability that. . . percent Is. If you hold suited cards, a Flush will Flop If you hold a Pair, Four-of-a-kind will Flop If you hold 6-5 offsuit, a Straight will Flop If you hold 7-5 offsuit, a Straight will Flop If you hold 8-5 offsuit, a Straight will Flop If you hold 9-5 offsuit, a Straight will Flop If you hold 9-8 suited, a Straight-Flush will Flop If you hold 9-7 suited, a Straight-Flush will Flop If you hold 9-6 suited, a Straight-Flush will Flop If you hold 9-5 suited, a...

AA and KK how to play before the Flop

With a Pair of Aces or Kings in an early position before the Flop. . .1 would probably limp-in with them just call the Blind hoping that somebody would raise it behind me so I could re-raise. In a middle position if nobody in the early seats came in I would play them the same way. But, if somebody in the early seats did come in. . .I'd put in a raise with them of about the size of the pot . In a late position, I'd obviously raise with them and hope that somebody trailed their hand around to me...

Be Competitive with Class

When you do get into those side games, I hope you'll remember not to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. A lot of people who come to tournaments don't really have much chance of going home winner. They're people who like to play high, largely for the enjoyment, and are willing to pay for the pleasure. A few years ago there was such a man who played in the World Series. He wasn't a good player, but he could afford to lose, and besides that, we all liked him. But one of the World Class...

ESP Its a Jellyroll

This book will deal scientifically with Tells and with psychology, but sometimes you don't even know how you know. . .only that you're sure of what your opponent has. I believe some good Poker players actually employ a degree of extrasensory perception ESP . While I've never studied the subject in depth, it seems to me there's too much evidence to ignore that ESP exists or that most people have it to some degree. Everybody has had the experience of riding with someone else in an automobile and...

Specific Games

Bread crust or a raisin It s been five days and you haven t fed me. All the other .prisoners get to eat Stop whining the guard barks bitterly. It doesn t seem fair, I argue. You won t let me make a phone call, and my lawyer doesn t know I m here. Besides, I m thirsty Why didn t you think of that before you went the overs He vanishes down a narrow hallway. Gardena is the best place in the universe to practice the concepts you ve learned in this section. Maybe it is the Draw Poker capital of the...