reader says: In the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, there is
no way to avoid constant attention, if not heat, with
black-check action. I have found a gambling style
of betting at single decks that is good for keeping
the welcome mat out. Depending on what I think of
the bottom card (viewed as I cut, by a hopefully undetectable
motion of arm and wrist), I play either a "casual"
or "hunch" deck. If I see a 3, 4, 5, or
6, I play a hunch deck; with any other card on the
bottom, I play a casual deck.
deck starts with three hands, each bet at the maximum.
Sometimes the bets are graduated, $300 on the first
hand, $400 on the second hand, and $500 on the third.
My attention is rapt. I sustain this betting level
for three rounds if I maintain an advantage, however
slight. If I lose the advantage, I immediately cut
back to one hand of $100 or so.
deck begins with one hand of $100, and I try to appear
to be only slightly interested, chatting to anyone
who will listen. If the count warrants it, I might
progress to higher bets.
general, follow three principles on the flop in high-low
- If your hand has a good chance of scooping, play.
- If your hand has an extremely good chance of winning
one way, play.
- If your hand has only a moderate chance of winning
one way, get out.
The same starting cards are good in crazy pineapple
as in regular pineapple, although coordinated holdings
are even more valuable.