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FAQ : Ante Stealing on Third Street


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1. Do you generally need a good hand to start with?


2. When can you raise with a weaker hand?

You can raise when there is some chance you might steal the antes.

3. Give an example?

The high card has bets, you have a low card showing and no other low card has yet called.

4. What if you get called?

You will have a second chance to win if you catch a better card on the next round.

5. What else do you want when considering stealing the antes?

You want to be in a game where few people re-raise on third street .

6. What do your chances have to be of stealing the ante to make it worth raising without a good hand?

It would be about 40 percent.

7. What if there is less re-raising?

A semi-bluff ante steal is more likely to be correct.

8. What if you think that someone else may be trying to steal the antes?

You should re-raise if you have any kind of online poker playable hand such as three-card eight.

9. When stealing, should you have a second low card in the hole?

Usually you should have a second low card when stealing in the hole.

10. Why you always want two small cards?

It will force you to steal at about the correct frequency plus you now have an extra out.

11. What if you are re-raised on third street when trying to steal the antes?

You should generally fold.

12. How good a hand do you need to call if you are stealing and someone re-raises?

You should generally have a three-card nine or sometimes a ten.

13. How many low cards can there be behind you where you can still raise with a three-card nine?

At least there can be three levels expert poker and sometimes four (as long as the 9 is in the hole).

14. In many cases, when trying to steal the antes, how many low cards can there be behind you?

It can be one but sometimes two.

15. What about the $30-$60 game versus the $15-$30 game?

As this game has a higher ante structure, you can steal somewhat more if you can get away with it with the same frequency.

16. When do you adjust your stealing frequency?

Adjusting the stealing frequency depends on the rivals behind you and how often you expect to get called and/or raised.

17. What if the poker game is short-handed?

You can steal the antes less against the same number of low cards behind you as there is less money to win for.

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