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Poker Psychology: Frequently asked question

Psychology

1. What do you mean by psychology of poker?

It means getting into your rival rivals' heads, determining how they think, figuring out what they think you think and even considering what they think you think they think.

2. Assume you have a low card up on third street poker, are in a late position, have a hand of less value, and raise trying to steal the antes. You are re-raised by a strong rival, who was the bring-in and who knows that you would really try to steal in this position. What would be your correct play?

The correct play will be to raise back and then to bet on fourth and fifth street.

3. Will you make this play against a weak poker players?

No.

4. When a rival bets in such situation where he is certain that you are going to call, is he bluffing?

No.

5. Example?

If you have been betting all through the way, you should bet again after all the cards are out and a player raises you, he is not bluffing.

6. Do the players usually raise as a bluff on fifth or sixth street ?

No, tough players will raise on the later streets with an average hand that has some probability to become a best hand.

7. When your rival would be bluffing?

When it looks as though it has a good chance that you will fold.

8. Example?

When you and your rival both seems to have four low cards streets, but both chases blanks on fifth and sixth streets. If he now bets on the river, and he is a kind of poker player who would try to pick up the pot without anything, it may be correct to call or raise with a fairly weak hand.

9. What other thing is essential to consider in deciding whether to bet?

What your rival thinks you have.

10. If your rival doubts a strong hand, what should you do?

You should bluff a lot.

11. Example?

Suppose you raise on fourth street with two small suited upcard's and chase a blank on fifth street . If you check on fourth street but bet again on sixth street when you chase a third small suited card, it is difficult for one to go high to call with only one pair. Therefore, bet your small pairs in this situation.

12. What if your rivals doubt that you are weak?

Do not try to bluff but bet your fair hands for value.

13. Give an example?

If both you and your rival checked on sixth street , you often can bet one big pair on the end for value, mainly if it appears that your rival is going low.

14. Will you purposely make your play incorrect?

Yes.

15. Why?

This is because you will be affecting the thinking of your rival for future hands.

16. Example?

You re-raise rarely a last position player with small card up on third street, who will perhaps steal, when you hold something like a rough three-card eight that does not have straight possibility (mainly when your hands are live).

17. What kind of poker players do these types of poker plays work better against?

It will work better against those players who are good enough to try to take advantage of their creativity but who are not good enough to realize that you know this.

Afterthought

All these questions are not presented as a substitute for the materials in the text. The main reason for this is to help you to keep updated between full readings of High Low, Split Poker, Eight or Better for Advanced poker Players. I suggest that when you think you have become a winning eight or better player you re-read the text item after every other month and assess the questions about once in a week. Also remember to hide the answer and to think over to those questions which you find it most difficult. Furthermore, try to correlate the questions with the present hands that you have played and try to figure out which concept will be correct to apply.

Again an important thing to remember, as mentioned several times in this book, is that eight or better is difficult. It means that you should be a student for life. To become an expert player, it takes a very long time. That is the reason why the continuous assessment of these questions (and the remaining material in this book) is so very essential.

Conclusion

In seven-card stud eight or better, especially to sit at the higher limits, it is preferable to play well because this games does not get the drop-in traffic that some other poker games generally get. Almost all of the rivals in stud eight-or-better will be an experienced person. Therefore, only playing tight will not deceive, as most of the adversaries will play fairly the same selection of hands that you do. You should be an expert in order to be a successful player especially on later streets.

However the game can be beat. This is true if you play extremely well, you can expect to do very well, as many of the rivals will be too nervous on the later streets, and may not take the advantage of the opportunities which are introduced to them. Others will be aggressive and jam in spots where they do not have the best of it. Besides, making these things correctly, you must also be able to adjust to the rivals that you are playing against.

Possibly the least known and most contentious suggestion given in this text has to do something with bluffing in order to win half the pot. Truly, I doubt that some amateurs will think I suggest more on the bluffing in these situations. Rest assured that this is not the case. From theoretical point of view and also from a much practical experience, these plays are correct and possess a strong poker winning strategy.

I hope this text to have a key impact, not only on those of you who read and study it but also on the games itself. There will generally be tough players around which means that some games will be difficult to beat. However, I also hope that this text will be an essential contributor to the future expansion of seven-card stud eight-or-better. As a result, there will be many games around and the expert players will have an option to choose from those many games. I thus hope that in the long period, this book will give advantage to those of you who make a commitment to studying the materials it contains.

To conclude, severe stud eight-or-better who overlook the topics of this text will always remain behind. I think it is true even if you are presently running over a successful game. This should really make it clear as to how strong the approaches and concepts are in High-Low Split Poker Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better for Advanced Players.

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