Concealing Poker Hands
Concealing Your Hand Playing Poker Online
When you play poker against players who have hands identical to yours and you rarely raise, you will give away much of the information. You should reveal something about your play by inaction as well as by action. When you raise, your rivals will put you on a big low hand or a high hand. Hence, you should either raise or re-raise when the hands are roughly equal; otherwise you will be giving up to much of your deception. When your rivals have little doubt as what exactly you hold, they may play incorrectly against you.
Many bets are automatic as to how the cards will fall. By concealing your hand and thus persuading some of the rivals to play wrongly, you will have them making automatic bets that are incorrect. So as you can make out, it is to your advantage for someone to think you have something other than what you actually have.
Concealing your poker hands not always mean that you make your rivals think you are going high when you are going low, or vice versa. Many times you might make them think you have a made low hand when you actually have only four low cards and a pair. Such plays may persuade another low draw or a made low (however the one which is not very good) to fold. Furthermore, it may enable you to value bet two pair on the end into a hand that appears only a high pair.
By concealing your hand, you will make it hard - if possible - for your rivals to properly analyze the accurate strength of your holding. If this thing works out, you will get them to make some major mistakes against you.
Ante stealing in seven-card stud eight or better is absolutely straightforward. It is that important as compared to other forms of poker because advantageous chances come up very rarely. However, in the right spots, ante stealing has a value. Speaking with a caution, do not attempt this play with low cards behind you, as many poker players like to call with low cards.
When you have an ace up, it is easy to steal because an ace - the highest scare card in every game is much stronger in eight-or-better. Stealing a good hand in online poker, can be with a high card when there are one or two cards ranking nine or higher than that left to perform. Several players, also the good ones, will fold medium pairs, because they fear to play against a possible big pair.
If you want to try to steal into low cards, you need an ace up or a medium low card, like a six, instead of a deuce or a trey. When you are revealing a medium low card, there would a little doubt as to whether you hold a higher pair than your rivals might have. In other words, your hand will be less identified which means that it will be less possible that one of your remaining rivals will want to challenge it.
Let's take an example of the standard ante steal. You hold a jack up, there are queen and a nine behind you and you raise. The player having the queen up will leave the game unless he has a pair of queens in which case you will re-raise. Furthermore, he will likely throw away some other playing hand that he would have been interested in playing had you just folded or called. Supposing the player with queen folds, the player with the nine up generally will also fold, even if he has two nines. As you have raised into a queen, it will not look as if you are stealing. Since the game under discussion is seven-card stud eight-or-better, though the rival had an eight showing instead of a nine and held a pair of eights, the outcome will almost be different.
Getting Re-raised on a Semi-Steal
For example, you have a medium small pair with a small kicker like
Many poker player folds and you raise the low card, wishing to steal the antes or to play heads up with the bring-in. If you are really in a steal position, then a hostile player will often raise back with a low card which is smaller than yours. In this situation, you will have the best hand and your rival is possibly raising on three small cards or a small pair with a bigger kicker (that can be an ace), trying either to drive you out or to define your hand.
If such thing happens, you should raise back and play the hand as it is not probable that you are beat. You may be against a huge pair in the hole, but if happens, then you are not a big underdog.
This play is successful because your hand is not precise to your rival and in addition you do have the best hands. If you chase a baby on fourth street and your rival chases other than from a nine onwards, you probably win the pot right there, as he will fear of what you may have.
If you chase bad and your rival chases small, you will have to take a decision, which can be to throw your hand away. If you both chase small cards, you will want to go for a deception, but be alert. Your hand becomes stronger when you both chase bad. Your rival probably will have a busted three low where his hand is awful or smaller pair than you have and he may not know where he stands. If he plays, he is taking a scare card off in the expectation that you have three low cards.
When an Ace Raises
You should not play many hands when an ace raises. High pairs should be thrown away as you cannot take chance that you are playing against a pair of aces. Even though your rival has three low cards, he also can chase another ace. When you do play against an ace, you should better have three very good low cards. You will not wish to have a high hand. This is vital against a rigid player; it is also vital, but to a minimum, against an action player.
If you have a big pair like two kings or two queens and an ace is behind you, you should be doubtful of raising or even playing your hand. This is a true if a hostile player is having an ace that he will probably re-raise you not only with aces but also with an ace and two low cards or an ace and a small pair. He will think he can outplay you because you don't know where you stand. If the hostile player has the worst hand ratio wise, he will also benefit more with money wise.
Therefore when there is an ace on board, you should be cautious about going into the pot if that player is left to perform. If he has already raised, unless he is a fanatic who raise always, you should be very careful about solid player playing. When playing against a fanatic, do not forget he is starting with the best card in the deck.
When The Bring-In Raises
It rarely happens that the bring-in the player with the lowest card on board will commence the action with a raise. This means that he has a playable hand and it generally means that he has a reasonable good hand but not a best hand.
When the bring-in raises, he moderately holds three small flush cards, three small straight cards or a high pair in the hole. Among these three possibilities, his most possibly hand is a high pair in the hole and he is trying to limit the field. The exception to this is when that player is steaming, which can be analyzed depending on how he is managing himself and how he has advanced in the last few pots.
You should play very tight under such circumstances. Players challenging the bring-in will have the quality hands. Even you will not have the added equity of the bring-in money, as this player will not be folding because of many raises.
As we will discuss in detail later in the text, it is essential to conceal your hand as far as possible. You will not always be able to do this. But, when you can, it will certainly make the difference between winning a small pot and a big pot. This will in turn make the difference between being a winner instead a loser in seven-card eight-or-better.
Always remember how significant an ace is. When a player goes into the pot with an ace as an upcard, several hands that look like playable to an inexperience player must be thrown away. It is true that an ace is significant in this game than any other forms of poker.
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