those new to the game, the basic strategy as presented
may seem a bit intimidating. As such, we've boiled
down the rules to a simplified set for novices. While
the simplified set is sufficient for casual play,
the simplification does come at the expense of power.
For a typical game, using! the simplified basic strategy
costs you an extra 0.35'1c, compared to our generic
basic strategy expectation. Thus, in a benchmark 6
deck game, your expectation would be roughly -0.90%,
still an expected payback in excess of 99%, which
is better than almost any other game you can play
in a casino.
tactic is used most commonly in Hold'em games, because
the fixed rotation of the betting allows you to know
when you will be last to act. You can try it even
when you are not acting last, but you have to be pretty
sure that your raise on the flop will "buy the
button," that is, force players behind you to
fold, giving you the ability to act last on the next
betting round. The free card principle can be applied
in Stud, but only if you are fairly sure that you
will be last to act on fifth street, such as when
the player to your left is showing a pair or something
like AK on fourth street.
Beyond pure economics, this play has value from its
inherent deception. But the free card tactic carries
risk. If the opening bettor has a particularly strong
hand, he might re-raise you on the flop. Or if the
turn card really helps him or another player, one
of them could open, which would negate your ability
to see the river for free. By raising on the flop
with your draw, you are taking a chance that neither
of these will happen.