First Position Play Tips
 
First Position Play

If you are first to act when all the cards are out and have a very strong hand:

1. Try to check-raise if your opponent will bet and call your raise more than half as often as he will call you when you bet.
2. Come out betting if you don't think a check-raise will work often enough to be profitable or if you think you can win three bets when your opponent raises and you reraise.

If you are first to act and have a bad hand:

1. Bluff if you can get away with it often enough for the play to have positive expectation.
2. Otherwise check and fold if your opponent bets.

If you are first to act and have a hand that is a favorite to win if called but not strong enough for you to try a check-raise:

1. Bet if your opponent will call with more hands than he will bet with if you check.
2. Check and call if your opponent will bet with more hands than he will call with.
3. Never check and fold.

If you are first to act and have a hand that is a small underdog to win when your bet is called:

1. Bet if your opponent will call with more hands than he will bet, as long as some of the hands he would have bet, had you checked, would be worse than yours. Check and call if you think your opponent will check behind you with a significant number of hands better than yours but might still bluff with some hands you can beat.
2. Check and call if your opponent will bet with more hands than he will call with, as long as your pot odds make it worth calling when he does bet.
3. Check and fold if your opponent will almost never bet a hand worse than yours.

Cheating and Collusion on the Internet
 
Did you spot the first fatal flaw in the "five computers" argument Just because some one has information doesn't mean he knows how to use it well.. A true "computer geek" isn't going to be much of a poker player. He'll have spent his time learning f the argument began computers . "Suppose a poker genius set up five computers ..." you'd have a better case-but as you'll soon learn, there are flaws in that line of thinking, too.

The cheater," the naysayers continued, "could also wait until at least one of his hands was great and perhaps another was good. He could trap someone else in the middle, making sure that whenever the cheater had a good hand, he could force the opposition to play a capped (maximum number of bets) pot."

Of course, it doesn't have to be one computer geek in one room. You could have several friends who have unlimited long distance telephone plans hooked up and they could discuss their hands and what best to do. The prophets of doom were certain that this would halt online poker in its tracks.
 
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