Poker strategies

Poker strategies

Poker doesn’t have a basic strategy like blackjack or video poker. The best way to play a particular hand will change with every game and every player. For example, a showdown is not necessarily the preferred outcome. Tight (conservative) players with rags (poor hands) will quickly fold rather than put money in a pot that someone else will ultimately win.

A good poker player with a bad hand will sometimes turn this to an advantage and steal the pot with aggressive betting. The same player with a good hand will lure unsuspecting bettors into the pot with tentative betting. Of course, other good poker players will recognize this obvious ruse and wager accordingly.

It turns into an intricate game of, “He thinks that I think that he thinks that I think that he thinks that I have four kings. But I know that he knows that I know that he knows….” And the game goes on.

As a result, strategy for poker inevitably becomes a series of instructive stories and examples. Here are a few to consider when playing seven-card stud:

Seven-card stud: bluffing and tells

Let’s say your first three cards include a pair of aces and a four. One of the aces is face up. It’s a nice start, but if the hand doesn’t improve there are a lot ways you can lose. One strategy would be to bet in a manner that suggests you indeed have two aces, or maybe three.

This would drive other players out of the game and lessen the chance that you would lose in a showdown. Of course, if the other aces are face up somewhere on the table this semi-bluff won’t work.

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