Having Issues With Draws?

There are a lot of players who don’t really know how to handle draws correctly. This issue doesn’t only concern new players, but also some vets. If you lose way too much money on draws then you probably ain’t playing them the right way. It’s not so rare that some people make their biggest losses with draws.

There is a simple solution for this problem called Odds & Outs. You can solve this pretty much with math alone. If the pot odds are in your favour then you pay, if they are not then you simply fold. The biggest mistake you can make with draws is to play them according to your gut instincts. If you do that then you will lose some money for sure, at least on the long run.

Especially when on NL tables you should never forget about the implied odds. That is also the reason why we hardly ever can fold draws against a bet on the flop. On the turn things look differently.

The History of Poker

Poker has developed itself not only for decades, but for centuries into what it is now. The poker how we know it today was affected by a lot of different games. However, where poker really, comes from,  one does not know exactly.

Yet, there are numerous theories about the native lands:

China – in the year 969 emperor Mu-tsung played a game in the New Year’s Eve with his wife that was called “card domino”.

Egypt – in the 13th century the Egyptians have played a more complex game, but it was also a kind of card domino

Persia – “Nas” was played there in the 16th century.

Spain – the game “Primero” was very popular in this country. Primero” is very similar to the current poker. 3 cards were distributed and the game also had elements of bluffing and betting. The game dates as far back as 1526 and is called from most as “the mother of poker”.

France – Here this game was called “poque”.  The French immigrants have brought the poque game to Canada and New Orleans. This card game was perhaps the first in which the current suits of spades, heart, diamonds and club were used.

Germany – This game was played in Germany as well and here it was called “pochen”.

In the USA, especially in the wild west time you could find a poker table in every Saloon, in every bar and even at every hotel. During the civil war the game was very popular among the soldiers.

Finally, in the United States at beginning of the 20th century poker developed itself how we know it today. Poker became one of the favorite party games. Today there are world-wide innumerable variants of poker.

Because poker is classified as a skill game and not as a luck game, it was not considered illegal in California. Particularly in Nevada it got much bigger popularity and finally the laws were changed in 1931 and poker became a legal and respected game.

Rules of Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud or also 7 Card is a popular poker-game variant. But it is very much different compared to Texas Hold’em or Omaha, who are known as the “Board variants” of poker. Especially among amateur players 7 Card is very popular.

The fundamental differences between Seven Card Stud and Hold’em or Omaha:

  • There are five betting rounds.
  • Every player has to pay an Ante before he can receive cards.
  • There are no community cards (no table).
  • The first betting round is opened by this player who holds the lowest cards.
  • The other betting rounds begin with the player who has the best hand.

Course of play:

1. Every player gets two covered cards (Hole Cards) and an open one which is visible for every player.

2. The player with the lowest open card is starting the betting round and has to do a forced bet. He neither can check nor raise. The betting round continues clockwise.

3. Afterwards every remaining player gets the fourth, open card (4th street).

4. The second betting round begins with the player who has the best open card.

5. The fifth card (5th street) is distributed openly to the remaining players. The third betting round begins again with the player who shows the best hand.

6.  The sixth card (6th street) is also distributed openly and there follows the fourth betting round.

7. The seventh and last card is given again covered as a Hole Card. With 8 players the remaining cards are not sufficient and so a separate card is put as a community card in the middle. This card can be used by every player.

The player who can form the best possible combination out of five cards and which holds the highest hand wins the pot.

What is limit poker about?

For beginner it is easier if they begin with limit poker. This has the advantage that the extent of the betting is predefined or “limited”. For untrained players, it is certainly easier at the beginning if they don’t have to bet their complete buy-in every round. We will now explain you what the betting rules for limit poker are.

Only a certain amount ($) can be bet. The limit of a game is always indicated, e.g., Texas Hold’em 4 $ / 8 $.

Here the height of the stake would be following :

4 $ before the flop (the Small Bet)

4 $ after the flop

8 $ after the Turn (the Big Bet)

8 $ after the River.

Every bet can be raised maximally three times, i.e. before and after the flop maximally 16 $ per betting round and after Turn and River in each time 32 $.

Limit poker labels itself how the name already says, by the fact that betting is limited. One can always bet only a certain amount, no more and no less. The bet limitation will always be mentioned in the name of the poker table that you can join. Example: Texas Hold’em 8 $ / 16$.

What is Omaha high-low about?

High-Low is no game for beginners. If one knows the bases of the Omaha game, one is still not ready for Omaha high-low.  Even though, the rules may be pretty much the same, for you to be competitive in the high-low variant you require extensive knowledge and skills. Online4Poker will now explain why.

Omaha high-low has the same game course like Omaha.  The difference lies in the fact that there can not only be a highest hand (high) , but also a lowest hand (low). The pot is divided between the highest and the lowest at equal parts. If there is no Low, the High wins the whole pot. Sounds interesting, right…

The High

The High is just like with Omaha the best possible hand, beginning with the royal flush. Just as with Omaha there has to be used two “hole” cards and three community cards.

The Low

Forming the lowest hand is often more elusive than it might appear. Here as well there needs to be used two hole cards and three community cards. The highest card for a Low may be the eight. Here one speaks from “Eight-low”. 

“Seven-low” means that one has a seven and four lower cards. The best lowest hand, you can possibly create is called “wheel” – a street until five (5432A). The worst lowest hand you have with a street from eight to four (87654). If at least three cards who are lower than eight don’t lie on the board, then it isn’t possible to have a Low.

Example:

7-4-3-2-A is worse than 6-5-4-3-2

7-5-4-3-2 is worse than 7-5-4-3-A

9-4-3-2-A is not a Low

If you look at these examples and you must think about the logic behind it – then you should keep your hands off it! You are not yet ready for it.

If you like Omaha poker then you should have a look at this – http://online4poker.com/basic-omaha-poker-strategy/

Pot Limit (with examples)

Those who have already gained more experience,  will sooner or later grapple with the Pot limit and No limit variant. In this post we will cover the Pot limit in various examples.

Pot Limit

At Pot limit games the amount of the betting is limited through the amount of the pot. This means, if there are 50$ in the pot, then a player has the option to bet an amount between the big blind (smallest bet) and the pot (biggest possible bet).

To explain this more detailed let’s see an example:

You play 2 $ / 4 $ Texas hold’em. The small blind is 2 $, the big blind 4 $. The first player now has 3 options. He can raise at least to 4 $ (he has to put 8 $ in the pot), he can bet the amount of the pot or an amount between these two. In total the pot is now at 14 $ – here is how we got this sum. The small blind 2 $, the big blind 4 $, the call 4 $ – that is a total of 10 $ in the pot. The call is 4 $ and the raise 10 $, therefor the player has to pay 14 $ at raise pot. If the next player also decides to play raise pot , then he has the chance to raise to 48 $.

How did we get that amount (48 $)? Let us some it up:

Small blind 2 $, big blind 4 $, raise 14 $, call 14 $ – gives a total of 34 $. Thus the re-raise will be 48 $. 34 $ for the pot and 14 for the call. The re-raise at pot limit games has to be at least double as high compared to the previous raise. If the player doesn’t have enough money for a re-raise then he can go all-in. The bet has to be at least as much as the big blind, and here we have the same rule as before. If a player doesn’t have enough money for a bet he has the option to go all-in.

No Limit Poker Game

No Limit is pretty much the complete opposite of Limit poker. While you are very limited about your betting amount in Limit poker you have no restrictions at all in No Limit poker. You can bet all the money you have (buy-in) whenever you want. Of course you have fixed numbers for small blind and big blind. The re-raise in No Limit poker has to be at least twice as much as the previous raise, but of course it can be even higher (or max. all-in). If a player doesn’t have double the amount of the previous raise, but he still wants to re-raise then he has the option of going all-in. This is probably one of the few commonalities between No Limit and Limit poker. Just as with pot limit poker the bet has to be at least as much as the big blind.

Usually this game variant is recommended for more experienced and skilled players. You ask why? Well it should be pretty obvious since here you can lose all your money very fast.  That is why I would always recommend new players to start with Limit poker until they have mastered the basics.

Let’s talk about All-in and Side Pots

It is not possible that a player is being excluded from a pot because he has not enough money. With the so called “all in” he remains with his betted amount up to now in the pot, however, he can win as much how as he has betted. If more than 2 players are involved in this pot, a Side pot is formed.

Here is one example:

Player A goes with 100 $ all-in. Player B calls his all in (100 $). Player C goes all-in with 400 $ and player B goes all-in with his remaining 100 $. In this case a side pot is created.

The Main pot contains the money which player A can win (his 100 $ and 100 $ of player B and C). The side pot is formed with the money which player A has no participation in (100 $ from player B and 300 from player C). Player C has 200 $ too much in the side pot and neither player A nor player B can win this money. If player A has the winning hand, then he will win the main pot in the amount of 300 $. The side pot (200 $) goes to either player B or C, depending on who has the better hand. 200 $ will go back to player C since that amount was too much in the side pot. If player C has the best hand of these 3 players then he wins the side pot 300 $, the main pot 200 $ and his 200 $.

It seems a little confusing at the beginning, but once you deal with this subject more often I’m sure you will get the hang of it.