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A Basic Betting Strategy

The conservative betting strategy we recommend is selected from the TARGET 21 course and has been successfully used by thousands of players since the early 1980s.

It consists of flat-betting your hand until you have won three more hands than you have lost. For example, you enter a $5 games, bet $10 per hand (your betting unit), and win three more hands than you lose. Now you are $30 ahead and have a decision to make: raising or lowering your bet or keeping it the same. Here are your options for making this decision:

Option 1. If the games factor is strong, you should consider raising your bet (I'll discuss the amount of the raise in a moment).

Option 2. If you're uncertain about the strength of the games, and your goal is to depart this table with a win, consider keeping your bet the same and setting a tight two-unit stop-loss that would trigger a table departure.

Option 3. If you're a conservative bettor, reduce your bet to $5 (assuming a 5$ minimum table) and set a three-unit stop-loss for departing this table.

If you raise your bet in a strong table (option 1), We suggest no more than 25 percent, rounding up or down to the nearest dollar amount (for example, if you have been betting $10, raise your bet to either $12 or $I3). If the games continues strong, raise your bet each time you win another three units. Set a three-unit stop-loss.

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Bringing Your Friends Along
If you try to tell a friend about a new idea, that person cannot accept that idea without conceding some authority to you, at least in that specific area. That's hard for some people to do, especially if they are kiddie players who hold their poker "skills" in high regard.

If you are reading this book, chances Lire that you will be a poker messiah, chosen by God to spread the gospel among the sinful masses of pagan card players who prostrate themselves before their pantheon of false kiddie games. All I can do is warn you that some people won't want to hear your message. Some ma,, simply not care about the meaningfulness of the card games the play. Others may actually resent you for suggesting that your version of poker has more to offer than theirs; they may insist on playing kiddie games, in your own house, just to exhibit their scorn for your attempts to play a meaningful game; and you may be forced to endure lectures about how you missed the "human factor" after you dared to question the wisdom of playing pocket threes the whole wav to the showdown. They know not what they do. Be patient, and be loving. Be like Jesus. Hopefully, you won't end up crucified. (I've come close.)
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