tactic involves increasing your odds bet as you make
succession passes. The odds bet is the one you make
after your point is determined by positioning the
bet behind your pass-line bet. It's the only bet on
the table that pays off at true odds as follows:
Points 6 and 8 pay 6 to 5
Points 5and 9 pay 3 to 2
Points 4and 10 pay 2 to 1
It's called odds bet because you are taking the odds
(and these are actual mathematical odds) that you
will make your point. Please memorize the payoff numbers
given here because you should always check your payoff
by the dealer to ensure it's correct.
Again, the odds bet is an even bet with no built-in
casino advantage, so it's an important part of our
strategy because when we start even with the casino,
the rhythm roll offers an even larger advantage.
which illustrates the odds bet payoff (1) when sour
point is 6 or 8; (2) when your point is 5 or 9; and
(3) when your point is 4 or 10.
Each of the following steps assumes successive pass-line
wins. The essence of this pass-line strategy is to
increase your bet one unit after each pass-line win-the
increase, however, starts on the odds bet, not the
pass-line bet. This up-as-you-win betting tactic exploits
our advantage over the casino.
the phrase "bad beat" is most often used
to describe a particularly unlucky last card defeat,
in the jackpot realm, it refers simply to the bad
luck involved in losing with a very strong hand. For
example, if Andy starts a hold'em hand with 6-6, and
Bob starts with J -J, and the final board is 6-J-6-J-7,
the betting will be quite spirited, because Andy has
four sixes and Bob four jacks. Andy, in losing the
hand, wins the lion's share of the bad-beat jackpot.
Normally, jackpot charges are only part of low-stakes
games. In California, for example, it is fairly common
to see jackpot charges (and hence eligibility) in
games that are $9-18 and lower, while $10-20 games
(and higher) do not employ the jackpot. This makes
a certain amount of sense. It is tough to make a lot
of money at low-stakes poker, so having the jackpot
out there as a temptation keeps players coming back.
Because the jackpot is so large, relative to the amounts
that can be won in low-stakes games, many low-stakes
players go out of their way to try to win it. They
will play any pocket pair, even making a bad play
like calling three bets cold with 3-3, just because
of the chance that a pocket pair could lead to four
of a kind that get beaten. Smart low-stakes players
recognize when someone is putting too much money and
energy into trying to win the jackpot, and adopt a
style that makes him pay heavily for his greed.