The games Is Played
table used is much like a standard online blackjack
games table, with seven spots for seven participants.
In front of each player are three circles, marked
1, 2, and $. Before the cards are dealt, each player
must put at least a minimum bet in all three of the
circles. In most casinos, the minimum wager is $5,
in some smaller casinos less may be permitted. For
the purposes of our discussion, we'll assume a $5
minimum bet. The dealer uses a Shuffle Master to deal
out the cards. This device automatically shuffles
and deals three cards to each player. A regular 52-card
online poker games deck is used, without the jokers.
The dealer waits till all the players have placed
their bets before dealing out the cards. Even though
a player has put down $15, or $5 in each circle, he
has the option of taking down two of these three bets
as the games goes on, as we shall see.
the bets are placed, each player receives three cards.
In addition, the dealer deals herself two cards, which
are known as "community cards." They're
called community cards because they can be used by
all players to form a hand of five cards, just as
would happen in five-card stud. In essence, this is
a game of five-card stud, except that each player
sees three instead of two cards at the outset of play.
|How Much Should
bring-in bet in the typical $1 to $5 game is $l. You
can raise as much as $5, making it $6. You should
often not raise at all from early position with a
very strong hand. If there are no antes, a raise will
often result in winning the dollar. With weaker hands,
like a pair of Queens with one of your Queens showing
in another hand, you might want to go ahead and raise,
since winning the dollar might be as good as you're
going to get. But it also might be just as well to
go ahead and fold a hand like that from early position.
Not that it's not a good start. It's just that when
there's no money in the pot, most hands just aren't
worth fooling with. If it's very likely everyone will
fold to a raise, go ahead and raise and take the dollar.
If not, then just fold it.
With a big hand that has some deception value, like
an (AA)9 hand, you can go ahead and raise from early
position because they'll put you on a pair of 9s and
they won't fear that much. But don't raise the full
amount just raise a dollar or two. With the same hand
from late position, after a couple of limpers have
put some money in the pot, you can raise the full
amount, or at least $3 or $4.
How much you should raise depends on how strong you
really are and your position. With a really strong
hand, you should make a small raise from early position
and a large raise from late position. With a vulnerable
hand, you should probably tend to make a large raise
from early position and maybe not raise at all from