Play Style

Poker Bluff

Faced when your intentions are crooked. Don’t be afraid to bluff. Even the most honest souls should bluff every so often, just to keep opponents a bit off balance. If you never bluff and only bet with strong cards, players will know you only stick around with a good hand. In this case, when you have a strong hand they may fold early and ruin your chances of taking a massive pot. Admittedly, you might have to lose a round or two by having someone call your bluff, but in the long run, it’s worth it. Conversely, don’t press your luck. Bluffing should be part of your poker arsenal, but you should use it wisely. Many players get a bit too enamored with their skills of deception and lose a lot of pots by having their bluffs called.

Five Card Draw

Five-card draw, or draw poker, is one of the oldest party poker games, and it is unique in that players have the opportunity to exchange their cards or draw” from the deck to try and improve their hands. So, if you don’t like what you see, you can always try your luck with some new cards. Unlike stud games, players only see the cards in their own hands. (But smart players will pay close attention to how many cards other players draw after the first round of betting, as well as their opponents’ betting patterns.) Before opening the game, the dealer must decide how many cards each player can draw from the deck after the first round of betting. The standard limit is three. In some games, a player may draw four cards if he is holding an Ace, which must be shown to the table.


Blind Shuffle

In the first part of our book we described two blind shuffles for retaining either the upper or lower half of the deck in the same order, yet apparently shuffling the whole deck. Retaining the whole deck in a prearranged order is seldom or never attempted, or even desired, at the card table. But the conjurer performs many very interesting tricks through such an arrangement; therefore it is necessary to provide a blind shuffle that will not disturb any part of the online poker deck. The following methods for retaining the entire order will be found sufficiently deceptive for his purpose, though by no means so perfect in appearance as the processes already described.

Game types


The widow in Omaha, combined with the fact that players have four cards to choose from, provides a wealth of information. For instance, if you see a pair in the widow, you should assume that at least one player has a full house. Because more than one player can have the full house, you should make sure that you can beat it with higher cards. For instance, if two 7s are showing, and someone is betting fairly aggressively, you should assume that he or she is using that pair toward a full house. It is quite possible that you are also using the two 7s towards a full house.

Jacks Or Better

Playing at the Sahara in 1994, I studied Stanford Wong’s Professional Video Poker and memorized the strategy However, Wong’s strategy was for 8/5 Jacks or Better with a 12,000-coin royal flush (from a progressive meter) and I was using it on 9/6 Jacks or Better games with lower royals. Furthermore, Wong’s belief at the time was that speed at this game was more important than complete accuracy; so his strategy was simplified. For example, all suited high card-ten combinations were grouped together, so I had no idea that JT was superior to QT, which was superior to KT.

Poker Holdem

This fast game is usually played high-low. Each player ends up with only two cards, so that a pair of aces is the best possible high hand and an A-2 is the best possible low hand. Sometimes deuces are played wild, in which case A-2 swings. Clearly, an ace (or a deuce in the wild card variation) gives one a decided advantage. There are two ways of dealing Hurricane. In one form, each player receives only one down card before the first betting interval. Then the active players receive their second (and last) down card.There is another betting interval and a showdown. The staying requirements are simple: call on a low card.