Miscellaneous Poker Topics


Bluffing takes a slight different shape in stud eight-or-better. Usually you are not bluffing the entire pot, except with an ante steal or a bluff on fourth street, where your single rival has busted out and you just steal the pot.

When you are poker bluffing, generally by raising or check-raising you are trying to knock out another hand that you do not want to contest your way. This may be little better hand or a hand that you think is about similar to yours. That means you are not blufing to win the pot; you are bluffing to win half of the pot.

These are the exceptions but it happens occasionally. When playing hands up, if you miss on the end consider your single rival would also have missed on the end, and do not think he will call with a small pair then you may bluff trying to win the entire pot. But such kind of play does not happen frequently.

A good bluffing opportunity comes up on the end when it appears you were drawing at a high hand such as a fulsh, or it is clear that you had two pair or trips and were jammed in on sixth street by what looks to be a straight and a lock low. On the reiver, the low bets and you raise, the player with the straght calls, the low re-raises and you raise again. Occasionally, you can persuade the player who holds the better high poker hand that he is beat and he will throw this card away.

Such type of bluff works out only in rare cases. Keep in mind you are bluffing with half the pot and you must consider more chips. Furthermore, you have to be very careful of whom you use this play against. Several players will call the double bet because the pot has become so large that they are forced to call. But, there are some players who will amuck their hands.

When the play becomes successful, you will realize that as your hand gets shown, your rivals will observe what you have done. Hence, you will not be able to make this bluff again at least against these same players for sometime.


You may want to slowplay when you have a low hand that is not likely to be beat. As you can win only half the pot, it becomes better to draw other players in.
For example, you have

made on fifth street. You are in a multiway poker pots, there are no other completed lows, two or three treys are dead and no one has a wheel draw. As someone will have to chase perfect twice to beat your hand, you may want to slowplay and attract more customers.

The exception to slowplaying is if you think a bet or a raise may drive out everyone except another low hand. Now, you can make a small pair or simply chase a high card and scoop the pot. Also see that if you beat for low at this point, as your rival will chase low cards, your chances of winning high with a weak hand go up (until your rival have not made a wheel).

On the other hand, if you have a high poker draw to go along with your low hand, you may want to play tough and quick, since you also have a chance to win high. Suppose, in the above example if there were all live, you possibly will not want to slowplay your hand.

When holding a high hand, you should not slowplay, since you have the chance to win the entire pot if no one makes the low. Accordingly, you do not want to persuade too many low hands to come in against you.

When you have best high hand, such as fll house or an ace-high flush, which is not probable to be beat by what you see out against you, it is correct to slowplay when it is clear that a low has been made and you know this player will remain to the end. As you are going to split the pot, you may want to slow down, as it does not pay to drive out poker players in this spot.

However, if there is any chance that a low has not been made, it is better to cut down the players. This is specifically true if someone else has a chance to make a high hand and beat you. Now, you want to get into the play against a busted low hand, which helps to earn more money.

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