Running The Game
In seven-card studeight or better, because of the large split pot and the difficult to read hands exactly, it is common for many dealer mistakes during the playing session. As a result, if you fail to pay close attention, you will get the worst of it.
In most other poker games, it is important for the players to help the dealer in running the game and make it certain that he or she does the job correctly. But, this doesn't mean that dealers should be worried at when they make mistakes. Such attitude only makes the dealer upset and timid and the game is devastated consequently.
If needed, you should clearly explain the correct procedures to those dealers who may not be acquainted with stud eight or better, since dealer's role is vital not only in stud poker but also in all form of poker. It may also become essential to appoint one player as the "table captain," so to speak, who will take on the responsibility of assuring that the game is running properly.
Dealers should not be permitted to "play with the pot" When splitting the pot, the dealer should split the bills first, then the biggest chips, and then the remaining chips in descending order down to the smallest denomination. This is significant as when the pot is divided in a chaotic manner, it is difficult to decide whether the split is correct.
The players also may need to inform the dealer that when three or more persons are in the pot and the action has stopped, the dealer should rake all the bets into the middle. He or she then should split the pot when either the hand is complete or there is a slowdown in the action.
If the pot becomes heads up, the procedure is not the same. Now, any additional bets should remain close to the player's hands and the dealer should not touch the chips except to authenticate the amounts. If the pot is split, the players take their bets back, and the dealer needs to divide only what already was in the center. If there is only one winner, the dealer will push that person the entire pot. By staying to these procedures, the bets are always kept straight.
Usually, only the dealer should split the pot. But there is an exception. When two players agree to split, which they may sometimes do in a smaller pots, one of them will generally say something like, "Pass it to me and we will chop it up." If the house permits this, the dealer should push the pot to one of the players and allow him to do the splitting.
Such procedures should be allowed as long as the pot is being contested heads up. If it is not allowed, the players may just check the hands down and then split the pot further. However, the dealer should not do the splitting when two players agree themselves to "chop it." The dealer should push the pot to one of the players and the players should then split the pot among themselves. You can see that the house further has no responsibility for the split play.
Furthermore, any player at the table has a freedom to see the hands when the pot is "chopped." If this request is made, the players should turn their hands face up for viewing and the dealer should then get on with the game.
Players should stack their bets so they can be seen as individual bets. This is better than putting all the bets in a pile, which the dealer is required to break them down.
The other thing that all players should attain is to announce their complete hands on the end when there is a bet and a call. For instance, you should say something as "Eights up for high and an eight for low."
If you fail to announce the complete hand you will not only slow down the game but also make it very irritating. For example, it is not unusual for the bettor to announce, "I have a seven for low." Then the caller to say, "I have two pair for high," and then the bettor to state, "I also have trips for high."
I comprehend that it is not the dealer's duty to say players that they should call their entire hands. But, there is no reason why some players cannot clearly persuade other players to do this. So, you are not expected to be the only player at the table who is polite. If nobody calls his entire hand, then you may call as well only one side of your hand.
Also, when the hand is complete, you should call your hand rather than turning it face up. Otherwise the dealer will have to examine through your cards to determine what you have made. This persuades dealer mistakes plus the dealer has to take his attention from the pot and the other players' hands. Anything can happen in gambling. By not calling your hand, you are increasing the chances that things can go wrong - not so much by cheating but by making mistakes that can be made.
Additionally, it is helpful to adjust your cards so that they can be usually easy to read. That means the dealer will not have to touch your hand. If you do not do anything but turn your cards face up, it is probable that the dealer will ignore your hand, pick it up and then muck it. If this happens, you have no one to blame but yourself when your rival stacks all the chips.
Seven-card stud eight or better, like high-only stud is an ante game. In other words, the antes should be in front of every player and then raked into the middle of the table before the dealer deals. The first card should not come off the deck unless all the antes are in the pot altogether.
A dealer should not deal the hand and then say to someone that you are light. The duty of this dealer is to request players to ante and if the players do not perform, he should be dealt out. There is no purpose for the dealer to ask two or three times for a player to ante unless it is possible that the player did not listen to the dealer's request.
In stud eight or better, some stud players who lose two or three hands in a row like to sit out of a hand. Generally, they are trying to change their luck or to change the running cards, which in a way is entirely stupid. But, when a dealer asks with any one of these players to ante, it will not only irritate that player but will also slowdown the game too. The dealer will ask once and then deal if the player does not reply.
A dealer should not reach into your stack and take off an ante to put you in. However, the dealer should neither touch your chips nor one player should touch another player's chips. On the contrary, this is frequently done in bigger games because high-limit players have faith with each other. Over these many years, no problem has been aroused with this practice.
As noticed most of the ideas represented in this section are based on those concepts which already have been covered. For instance, playing in short-handed games is identical to, but not same as, playing in a full game after several players have played.
Before playing any poker games, you should ask yourself, "How aggressive is this game?" If you notice that the game is tight and aggressive, then you should immediately leave the game. However, once you become an expert player then this tight and passive game will prove to be more profitable to you.
Also, remember that there was a great deal of discussion in this section relating to how seven-card stud eight or better game should run. Do not underrate the value of this information. Your "earn" will mostly come from having the chance to play a lot of hands - that is, the dealer is capable in his/ her work. You can assure that the game is played in an effective way and it is often essential that you do so. Otherwise, the game will slowdown itself, mistakes might be made that can cause arguments and some of your rivals may get out from a gambling mood. In other words, you should be certain that your bottom-line expectation should not get reduced.
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