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After the Draw

Why is it that many percentage players seem only to play out a living, while many of the most successful players are considerably weak on probability? How can their instincts ability overcome perfect mathematics? (In fact, nothing short of cheating can overcome perfect mathematics if you include the mathematical discipline called Game Theory. It is strictly to know about percentages.) This seems so for a draw and lowball games, yet even here the mathematician is not generally the best player.

The fact is not so complex to explain for hold'em poker game and stud games. For draw and lowball, however, it can be explained in one phrase: After the draw. Knowing how to play after-to-draw is important than being perfect before-the-draw play. After-the-draw you should use poker psychology -logic and probably the poker theory.

One student came and asked me that why was he only winning $2 an hour in the lowball games of San Diego. He had mentioned the charts in some books but was disappointed with this result. I answered him that he was playing poorly after-the-draw. For instance, if he was first with a one-card draw, heads-up against a pat hand, he would check and call with an eight-seven low if the pat hand bet! This is a worse play. The correct play is to come right out betting or possibly to check and fold if he bets. (The reason is that if the pat hand has a nine low he will possibly call if you bet, but check the nine if you check.)

The reason why after-the-draw play is so much important than before-the-draw has to do with the amount of money involved and the opportunity to make larger mistakes. Before-the-draw you are only thinking for the antes. But after-the-draw you are thinking for all the before-the-draw bets, plus the ante stealing. Committing a small mathematical mistakes before-the-draw will only cost you a fraction of a bet in the long run. However, a mistake can be costly after-the-draw.

Missing the value bet or value raise after-the-draw is also a mistake that also costs you at most one bet. Remember the best usually doubles after-the-draw. Still there are many other mistakes which can be made after-the-draw.

There are two plays that can be made after-the-draw that can cost you more money. This is because they can cost you the pot. The obvious mistake is to throw away the best hand. If there is $60 in the pot and someone bets $10 you have to better than one time in seven to show a profit. A bad call would cost you $10. A bad fold would cost you $60. This is only reason why the ability to make decisions are so difficult than most before-the-draw decisions.

Another mistake that can cost you the pot is the failure to try to steal a pot when a holdem bluffing has a decent chance of being successful. Once again, you are risking one bet for the chance to win many bets. Also the difference between someone who plays this aspect of the game well compared to someone who doesn't is going to be a lot more than the advantage you get simply from knowing before-the-draw essential requirements.

What Does He Read You For?

Every poker players by now have understood that how important it is to try to figure out a rival's hand. This is called as "putting a player on a hand" or "reading poker hand." Obviously, the ability to put someone on a hand correctly is one of the biggest assets of a successful poker player.

Not as obvious is how a related aspect of any particular poker hand may considerably change your correct strategy. Particularly as important as putting a player on his hand is the ability to figure what he is putting you on. To put other way, what does he think you have?

When you play against a good player it is very important that you should consider this factor before acting on your hand. This is because your assessment of his hand can change a lot, depending on what you think he thinks you have.

For example, suppose you know that he thinks you have a very good hand. If he bets or raises in this situation, it is possible that your hand is very strong. Hence, you should fold unless your hand is better than it seems.

However, if you think that he doubts that you are weak, he is much more likely to try a bluff or a bet an average hand. Calling is good for any kind of decent hand.

If you are the one who is considering betting you once again must figure out what he puts you on.

If the hand is played in poker games such a manner that it appears you are weak, you should consider betting an average hand if you think it is the best hand. However, you should not try a bluff in this situation if you have nothing since you almost certainly will get called. Conversely, if you think he puts you on strong hand, it is possible that you can get away with a bluff when you really don't have anything. An average hand, on the other hand, should be bet since you don't expect to be called unless you are beaten.

The ability to determine what a rival puts on really only can be learned from experience. Basically you have to go by the way a hand is played. (Do not forget that this whole discussion assumes you are against the good players who are trying to read you hand and act on this information.)

For example, you are playing in a tough seven card stud poker game. You raise with a queen showing on third street with three 7s and one 6 yet to act:

The six "brings it in." You raise. The three seven fold. The six re-raises!

The 6 re-raises. You have a pair of queens. Generally you would have to worry that the 6 has two queens beaten.

However, you should know that he knows that you would have raised with anything to try to steal the antes from one 6 and three dead 7s. Therefore, he would have re-raised with much less than two queens as he puts you on a possible weak hand. You thus have to feel sure that your two queens are the best hand and can re-raise comfortably (or probably just call to suck him in).

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