The Labouchere System
 

Of indeterminate origin, this system is any series of numbers that adds up to the total win target the gambler desires. The first and last in the series becomes the initial bet. If the bets win, the numbers are canceled, and the bettor works inward through the series until all the numbers have been canceled, at which point the target win has been obtained. If the bet loses, its value is added to the series, which has to be canceled before the bettor progresses inwards. One number is added to the series if the bet loses, while two numbers are canceled after a win. Therefore, it seems that the Labouchere system offers a 2 to 1 proposition on a 1 to 1 bet.

The Labouchere, d'Alembert and Fibonacci systems all operate on the same principles, but because the bet escalation is not so rapid, the gambler is likely to last longer, though at the cost of being less likely to win as much on a favorable streak. By contrast, systems such as the anti-Martingale effectively trade a large chance of a small loss for the small chance of a great win. This more aggressive approach is ideal for the player who doesn't mind losing small amounts, and every now and then will score a spectacular coup.

By a11 means, invent your own betting systems. They can be great fun. Then you can gamble in a style which most suits your character. Besides, it's fun to personalize your gambling. Just don't ever fool yourself into thinking you have discovered a winning system. Richard Epstein's Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic contains a complicated technical explanation of the fallacious nature of betting systems. Every gambler would do well to remember Epstein's first theorem: "An unfavorable games remains unfavorable regardless of the variation in bets."

 
The Cards on the Flop
 
You are ahead of average here, especially if you have the highest possible two pair, called the "top two-11 An example would be a starting hand of A • Q V and a flop of A*Q*84. Keep in mind that your odds of improving to a full house are much lower here-only 1:,5 by the end of the hand and 1:11 on each card-than with a set.

Your high pocket pair beats all the cards on the flop, such as when you hold A•A1l and the flop is K4Q1l i •. Remember that if you raised before the flop with your high pocket pair, opponents may be able to read your hand fairly accurately.
You' flopped the top pair and you have a good kicker. If you use proper starting strategy, you will become familiar with this situation. An example would be you holding KvQv and the flop is QAT•2
 
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