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Broke. Without money left to play. Also referred to as Tap
Chapter 15: What's Behind the Sayings, Terms, and Myths
Dead Man's Hand
Poker was very popular in the 1870s. Among the many poker players was James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok. Wild Bill came to the town of Deadwood in the Dakota Territory, and in his leisure time, played poker in the saloon. Wild Bill had killed a great number of people, so he had a few enemies.
One night, he was playing Draw poker. His back was to the door, and an assassin came in and shot Hickok dead while he was in the middle of a hand. He was holding aces and 8s (two pair), which has now become known as the "Dead Man's Hand."
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A telltale indication as to what type of hand you have, usually by a different mannerism of some kind. In the movie Rounders, the bad guy’s tell was that he played with an Oreo cookie whenever he had a good hand.
Not a pinball wizard term. Refers to someone who has started playing badly after a few beats. The player is referred to as on tilt.
A tip for the dealer.
Three of a kind. (Three cards of the same rank.)
The fourth common card dealt face up in Texas Hold’em. Also known as the turn.
A hand that isn’t likely to be the winner.
The best possible hand in Lowball poker, which is A-2-3-4-5 in most casinos.
Knowing the difference between myth and truth can help you win at poker, so here’s what you need to know:
The myth The fact
The winner in poker is the The fact is that the winner is the one who
one who wins the most pots, wins the most money. Winning a lot of pots,
but losing some great pots can lead to trouble.
You should quit when you’re ahead.
If the game is good, you’re playing well, and you don’t need to be somewhere else, you should continue playing to win more.
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Set stop-loss limits so that you don’t lose too much at any one time.
Follow Kenny Rogers’ advice from the song, The Gambler, that goes, “Never count your money when you’re sitting at the table, there’ll be time enough for countin’ when the deal is done.”
You need a real poker face to play winning poker.
This is the other side of “you should quit when you’re ahead.” If the game is good and you’re playing well, however, you should keep playing. If the game is bad, cash out even if you’re winning.
In reality, if you don’t count your money at the table, you’ll never know how you stand. Most good players are always keeping track of their progress by counting their money. After all, how else can you keep score?
Actually, you can be poker faced or highly animated, just as long as you don’t reveal the strength of your hand.
Learning More about Poker
In This Chapter
Exploring the Zen of poker
Embarking on a learning plan ,
Looking at some great poker books (besides this one)
Taking on ten tips for winning at poker
m Jkay. Where do you go from here? While we sincerely appreciate the fact \r that you’ve purchased and diligently pored over every word in Poker For Dummies, it would be presumptuous on our part to believe that this book alone would allow you to master the game. Determinative mastery of poker — or most other things, for that matter — isn’t easy to come by, and while we hope this book gives you a sound foundation, becoming a very good poker player is not going to happen overnight. You’ll need more tools, along with a plan, if you want to become a good poker player. But at least you’re on your way.
The Zen Poker Process
You can learn poker in lots of ways. Until recently, the best — in fact the only — way to learn poker was to attend the school of hard knocks. Someone showed you how to play, and then you sat down in a game and lost your money but hopefully acquired some knowledge in the bargain.
Some folks still learn that way. And while one can learn poker by the seat of the pants, many players who attend the school of hard knocks still make the same mistakes today that they’ve made over the course of their lifetime. While experience might be a good teacher, a substantial amount of poker theory has appeared in books and other media over the past few decades, and it’s silly not to take advantage of it.
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Learning poker has a Zen-like cachet about it. Imagine laying out all the poker theory ever developed in front of you like clothes you were planning to pack for a trip. Even if you could learn all the theory there is to know about poker, some of that theory would not mean much to you because there’s always an underpinning of other knowledge required before you can make good use of each succeeding layer of thought.
That layered knowledge is one reason why learning the basics of poker is so critical, it provides a basis to understand and place all those juicy tidbits you’ve just learned in perspective. Knowledge, without a context, is not very useful. Poker, after all, is neither abstract nor theoretical. To the contrary, it requires the practical application of knowledge and theory.