wrap up play in first position by summarizing it according
to the strength of your hand.
If your hand is a cinch or a near cinch, you have
two options. One is to bet, and one is to check-raise.
You would decide which to do according to the check-raise
formula presented earlier. However, if you are sure
you have the best hand but suspect your opponent will
raise if you bet, you should bet out in an attempt
to win three bets when your opponent raises and you
If your hand figures to be a favorite when called
but is not good enough to check-raise, you have two
options - to bet or to check and then call. Basically
you bet if your opponent will call with more hands
than he'll bet with and you check and call if he'll
bet with more hands than he'll call with.
If your hand is an underdog when called, you have
three options. One is to bet, a second is to check
and call, and the third is to check and fold. (A bluff
check-raise is a remote possibility against very tough
players who are capable of very tough folds.) You
should check and call if your opponent will bet more
hands than he will call with, including some hands
you can beat. You should also check and call when
your opponent will check many hands that will beat
you but might come out bluffing with some hands you
can beat. And you should come out betting if you have
a calling hand but your opponent will call with more
hands than he will bet.
Finally, if you have virtually no chance of winning
if you check and your opponent bets and you are an
underdog if you bet and he calls, then the proper
play is to check and fold if he bets.
you walk into a large cardroom for the first time,
it can look chaotic at the initial glance. The noise
and the people can be disorienting at first. Relax,
it'll soon just be part of the scenery for you.
Most rooms have a railing that separates the playing
area from the waiting area of the cardroom. It's often
a good idea to spend a few minutes standing at the
rail, just getting an overview of the room. Don't
stand right next to a table unless the rail is separating
you from it and don't stand directly behind a player.
It bothers some players.
The particular procedures involved in getting into
a game are not standardized-they vary from room to
room. The specifics will depend on the room. Don't
hesitate to ask a cardroom employee if you are unsure
of a procedure.