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Online Poker Games Hands


Now, let's examine various kinds of online poker games hands, and what they look like.

For those readers who don't know anything about online poker games, we'll explain each type of winning hand. (A = Ace, K = King, Q = Queen, J = Jack.) All other cards have their numerical value, e.g., 10 = 10, 6 = 6.

The highest possible hand in online poker games is a Royal Flush. It consists of the A K Q J 10 of any suit. The second highest hand is a Straight Flush. It consists of five cards of the same suit in order, such as K Q J 10 9 or S 4 3 2 A. Note that the ace can be used as either the highest or lowest card in order.

Then 4 of a Kind follows. This hand consists of all four cards of the same rank, plus a fifth card that is an odd card. For example, 6 6 6 6 K is a 4 of a Kind hand. So is 9 Q 9 9 9or33733.

A Full House is next. It consists of three cards of one rank combined with two cards of another rank. For example, J J J 2 2 is a full house, also called a full boat in online poker games parlance. Or 8 3 3 8 3 is a full house. I'm purposely placing the numerical values in odd configurations, for that's how they might show on the screen in visdeo online poker games.

Below that hand is a Flush. A flush is all five cards of the same suit. Thus, 6 9 10 3 K all of hearts would be a flush. 2 A 8 Q 4 all consisting of spades would be a flush. Or any hand of the same suit, be it Diamonds (D), Hearts (H), Spades (S), or Clubs (C).

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The Thoughtful Check
Sometimes you're in early position and you'd really like to get a free card. A meek check, you realize, will probably induce a bet, but a loud and forceful check will look so transparently like a free-card grab that it will likely induce a bet as well. How about a thoughtful check? Call time. Study the board. Study your foes. Study your cards. Make it look like you've got an authentically hard decision to make. You may not get the free card you're looking for, but then again you might. If your foe is on the fence about betting, your own indecision may persuade him to avoid betting into the check-raise he fears you may be contemplating.

Some players disdain this sort of coffeehousing. They figure that your actions are your actions, no matter how you dress them up. If you have a tendency to check and fold, they know that already. If you're capable of check raising, they figure they know that too. All of this is true as far as it goes, but it doesn't go quite far enough. How do they know these things about you? By observing your past actions. By correlating your tells with your decisions. In other words, by putting a read on you. Maybe you can't prevent this from happening, but why not confuse the issue? Blowing a little smoke, such as pausing to ponder a check you've already decided to make, may have the effect of undermining your foe's confidence in his read. At minimum it will do no harm.
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