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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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t'* Look at another player’s hand, unless you have permission: Some players strongly object to your looking at their hand.
v" Play poker with a guy named “Doyle,” “Amarillo Slim” or “Harpo”:
These guys are too good for your normal home game.
More Information On Home Games
A variety of books can help you to win at your home game. Head to your local bookstore or log onto amazon.comorbarnesandnoble.com. Here is a short list of some of the books:
It** Poker: Over 25 Games and Variations, Plus Tips, Strategy, and More, by Seth Godin
is* The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle, by Stewart Wolpin
Part I: How to Play the Games
^ Thursday-Night Poker: How to Understand, Enjoy — and Win, by Peter 0. Steiner
u" How to Win at Strip Poker, by Herbert I. Kavet (Yes, there really is a book with this title.)
v* Hold ‘Em Poker, by David Sklansky
w Getting the Best of It!, by David Sklansky
v* Caro's Fundamental Secrets of Winning Poker, by Mike Caro.
Poker for
DUMMIES
By Richard D. Harroch and Lou Krieger
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Part II
Advanced Strategy
The 5th Wave Bv Rich Tennant
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In this part...
^^laying and winning poker involves much more than V the luck of the draw, and this part covers two pretty important aspects of the game: bluffing and money management. Chapter 8 offers some guidelines on both performing bluffs and reading bluffs from other players. In Chapter 9, we actually use math to help you decide how to proceed when you’re winning, losing, and breaking even.
Chapter 8
Bluffing
In This Chapter
■ Understanding bluffing Knowing why bluffing is important Taking a balanced approach to bluffing Getting to know different kinds of bluffs Looking at bluffing and position Bluffing more than one opponent it Becoming a better bluffer
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eluffing is poker’s magic elixir. It’s the sleight of hand where high art and drama reside. It’s the place where myths are made. After all, what’s a western movie without a poker scene with one player trying to bluff another out of a big pot?
To those who do not play poker or who have only a nodding acquaintance with it, bluffing is where those folks focus most of their attention when they think about the game.
What Is Bluffing, Anyutay?
Ask most poker players to define bluffing and they’ll tell you about betting a weak hand with the hope of driving other players out of the pot. After all, without bluffing, poker would be a boring game. Bets would be made and the best hand would win. Always.
The cards figure to break even in the long run; without the possibility that someone is bluffing, then each player would have the same expectation — and when all was said and done, no one would win any money.
Part II: Advanced Strategy
Does this conversation ring a bell?
Non-Player. "You're a professional poker player?
Wow—you must have a real poker face."
Professional Player "Why do you say that?"
Non-Player: "Don't you need a poker face because you have to bluff all the time?"
Professional Player "Actually, bluffing is only a small part of the game, and good players don't really bluff that often." ,
But some players win most of the time and some players lose most of the time. And it’s often bluffing — or more precisely the possibility that one’s adversary might be bluffing — that goes a long way toward separating the winners from the losers. Bluffing, after all, is merely a form of deception — and deception is an essential component in winning poker.
After all, if your opponents always knew what cards you had they’d be tough to beat. Deception is the art of keeping others off balance. Like a misdirection play in football, or a baseball player hitting behind the runner into an area vacated by the infielder on a hit-and-run play, deception is a required skill for any poker player.
different Kinds Of Bluffs
Bluffing comes in several forms — the reason for bluffing frequently depends on the cards you hold, what you think your opponents have in their hands, and what you think they believe you have.
v* Betting — or raising — with a helpless hand. With this technique, you have a weak hand but act as if it’s a strong one. The maneuver is reversible, too: You can act weak when holding an extremely powerful hand in order to lure opponents into a trap.
Betting or raising on the inexpensive betting rounds. You use this bluff in order to get a free card later on in the hand — when the cost of bets double.
Betting with a semi-bluff. Noted poker theorist David Sklansky, who coined the term, defines the semi-bluff as “ ... a bet with a hand which, if called, does not figure to be the best hand at the moment but has a reasonable chance of outdrawing those hands that initially called it.”
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