seven-card stud each player antes a token sum of money
into the pot before receiving any cards. In a fixed
limit games with $2 and $4 betting limits, an ante
of 50 cents is typical, and betting is in increments
of two dollars until the fifth card is dealt, when
the limit increases to four dollars.
structure is a $1-to-$4 "spread limit" games,
in which players may bet between one and four dollars
at any time. Three or four raises per betting round
are usually allowed, with the proviso that a raise
must be at least the size of the previous bet or raise.
If Karen for example,
bets one dollar, and Abby raises two dollars, ')avid
can play if he calls three dollars (the total of Karen's
bet and Abby's raise). If David has a good hand and
wants to raise, the minimum allowable raise is now
two dollars. He can also raise three dollars, or raise
four dollars. If David raised four dollars, the next
player to act may fold, call seven dollars to match
David's raise above the prior wager, or raise four
dollars more, making it a total of eleven dollars
for the next player.
Tends to be Fast Paced
many ways, poker played in a cardroom differs from
poker played over the kitchen table. It has more structure,
some might even say rigidity. Cardroom poker tends
to be fast paced and the players are often more serious
minded. Usually, the other players expect you to make
decisions quickly and act promptly. Cardroom games
can be just as social as home games, but players in
cardroom games do tend to take the game itself more
seriously than do most home-game players.
Poker is a thinking game. It is not a game to play
mindlessly unless you really just don't care about
the money. This is especially true when your cardroom
opponents are taking the game seriously. But thinking
can be hard work and taking the game seriously isn't
always easy to do. Until you spend some time playing
in casino cardrooms, it can be a little frustrating
to try and play both thoughtfully and quickly, all
the while keeping up a social banter. Cardroom poker
tends to be fast paced.
Some casino cardrooms aren't even cardrooms, they
are just a few poker tables set amid a sea of clanging,
ringing slot machines that provide constant distraction.
Thought tends to take time and effort, sometimes a
lot of effort. Sometimes, it seems impossible to concentrate.
But it's what you have to do. Meaningful action is
driven by thought and, over the long run, how you
think determines whether you come out ahead in the
game or end up stuck. Some of the best poker players
also excel at other mental games such as chess, bridge,
or even scrabble. Poker is an exciting blend of a
gambling game and a mental exercise. It's a great
game. But it's not an easy game if you intend to play