general rule is: The better the players and the smaller
the pot, the more you disguise your hand when there
are more cards to come. The worse the players and
the larger the pot, the more you play your hand normally,
without regard to giving anything away. Sometimes,
though, playing your hand normally may be the best
deception of all against very tough players who expect
you to be deceptive.The folowing hand from seven-card
stud will ilustrate this point:
Your opponent cards
If a tough opponent
acts before you and raises, reraise just as you would
against a sucker. A tough opponent who has two kings
knows you might be reraising with a three-flush or
any number of second-best hands. So you still have
your deception as well as an extra bet.
Big Cross, the players are dealt (depending on where
you are) two, three, four, or even five hole cards.
At the same time, the dealer places nine cards on
the board face down, five in a vertical column and
four in a horizontal row that shares the center card
from the vertical column.
Players first bet after they receive their hole cards.
The dealer then exposes the four outermost cards simultaneously,
which makes two cards visible horizontally and two
vertically. There is a second betting round. The dealer
then exposes one more vertical card and one more horizontal
card, followed by a third betting round. Then he exposes
the remaining vertical and horizontal cards (leaving
the center card face down). A fourth betting round
ensues and the center card gets turned over, followed
by the fifth and final betting round.