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A reader named Fritz says: Generally I pay little attention to other players at the table, but now and then something attracts my attention and I watch more closely. I often detect a fellow card counter. What catches my attention? Pullback of large bets at the shuffle! Here are my suggestions for various ways to handle this situation without attracting un-wanted attention.

1. Let the bet ride and suffer the consequences.
2. Occasionally pull back a large bet and replace it with a smaller one, not necessarily your minimum.
3. Replace a big bet with a small one, and then add another chip after the cut. This can give the impression you think it is a good cut and this will be your lucky hand.
4. Replace your bet with a stack as tall or taller, but of smaller chips and thus of less total value.
5. Pull back your bet and use the pause in action to restack all of your chips as if counting your money.
6. Take your bet back at every shuffle, and make a new bet only after the cards are cut and ready to be dealt.
7. Leave the table.

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Flopping the Nut Flush Puts You in the Lead
Flopping the nut flush puts you in the lead, and you can bet and raise for value. Of course, you have to back off if the board pairs. High boards are great because you won't split the pot, and low boards are usually pretty good too, since you will often have low-hand possibilities with your ace. (Many of the large pots that you scoop will be because you make the nut flush and the nut low in the same hand.)

The strength of a flopped straight is more variable. If it is an ace-high straight, there won't be a low and you can bet for value. If it is a lower straight, you are a checker and caller unless you also have strong low prospects. A two-suited board also turns you into a caller, and a three-suited board turns you into a quitter.
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