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Basic Draw Poker – Lesson #5: Strategy Tricks – Your winning chances

The percentage of winning with higher combinations according to the number of the opponents is shown in the following table:

Opponents

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Two pairs

92

84

78

72

66

61

56

94

89

86

80

76

72

68

97

94

91

88

85

83

80

Three of a kind

97

94

91

88

85

82

80

98

96

94

93

91

89

87

99

98

97

97

96

95

94

Straight

99

99

98

98

97

97

96

Flush

99,7

99,5

99

98,5

98

97,5

97

Full House

99,9

99,9

99,5

99,2

99

98,7

98,3

Four of a kind

99,99

99,95

99,9

99,85

99,8

99,75

99,7

Straight Flush

99,99

99,99

99,99

99,99

99,99

99,99

99,99

Royal Flush

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

These percentages may be used by you in order to determine the odds – 50% are approximately equal to odds 1  : 1, and 70% odds are equal to 7 : 3. You need to know the odds in order to determine the pot odds, which in turn determine the mathematical feasibility of all your bets and raises. If the odds are 1 : 2 and you think that your opponent has a low combination of cards (judging by your opponents actions), you may continue playing in case the ratio of the money in the pot and your next bet is more than 2 : 1. For instance, if there are $ 30 in the pot and your next bet is $ 10, you can bet. In this case, theoretically, you lose $ 10 in two cases and win $ 30 in one, having made a profit of $ 10. The greater the pot odds, the more you are free in your actions. Of course, you should not forget that the mathematical  probabilities in poker are just theory, that of course, in most cases are confirmed by practice but the real poker skill is when you notice the exceptions in time. When you start to play, you’ll notice that very often you need to play with at least two opponents with strong hands. In this case do not try to raise the bets. It is better to win a little than to lose a lot. In any case you need to compare the probability with the habits and the behavior of your opponents. If your opponent usually does not bluff and suddenly he raises, recalculate the probability again. If you opponent usually plays loose and aggressive, even if the pot odds aren’t good, your bets and raises have a good chance of winning.

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Basic Draw Poker – Lesson #4: Draw poker strategy

The main principle in poker is not to follow any rules. Change your tactics, be flexible and unpredictable. In the early stages of the game play tight and enter the game only with very strong cards. Then change your strategy depending on the habits and the actions of your opponents. Use their tactics and try to turn it into your benefit. If you notice that other players analyze your play, use it. Make them think that you play in a certain style only and later make totally opposite moves – that will bring you profits for a long time. When other players find out what you do, return to the old style of playing.

Here’s a simple scenario of possible tactical actions.
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Basic Draw Poker – Lesson #3: Draw lowball

Draw lowball or simply lowball is more popular than the standard draw poker. The difference between the two games is that in lowball the winner is the player with the lowest combination. In lowball aces play low. Two aces is the lowest pair. In most games straights and flushes are not considered combinations, and the lowest combination of cards is A, 2, 3, 4, 5 regardless of suit. If you consider straight a combination, the lowest combination is A, 2, 3, 4, 6.

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Basic Draw Poker – Lesson #2: Jacks to open

Jacks to open is a variant of draw poker where the game can be open (the betting) only by a player who has a pair of jacks or higher combination. If nobody opens the game, all the ante bets stay on the table and players add to it their new ante bets (re-ante), cards are shuffled and dealt again. If any of the players has a pair of jacks or better, he opens the game and the game goes on following the usual rules.
Note: anyone who opens the game must prove later that he had a pair of jacks or higher combination. In order to do that, when the game is finished, the player shows his cards to other players and to the dealer. If the player who opens the betting wants to break his pair (for example, if he has J, J, 10, 9, 8 and he wants to replace one of the Jacks), he has to put the discarded cards in the middle of the table next to the pot and inform the dealer that these cards are not to be moved to the muck. Doing so, the player shows his initial combination to his opponents, so such a breaking is usually not done. If a player accidentally has opened the game, not having the desired combination, noticing his mistake, he should say about it and then the player to his left is to act (if he has the required combination) and the game continues. In this case, all players (except the mistaken one) are returned all their bets. If no one of the players opened the game, the pot (all ante bets and the bets of the player who made the mistake) stays for the next game.

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Basic Draw Poker – Lesson #1: Five card draw poker

This is the first of a series of articles about Draw Poker. We hope you enjoy the reading and find all this info helpful to put your game in shape 😉

The game is known also as California or Californian Poker. Before the beginning of the game and before the cards are dealt, all players place their ante bets i.e. they put the chips in front of them. The dealer, making sure that all bets are correct, moves them to the center of the table. This order of placing the bets (through the dealer) should be observed in the course of the game. All bets placed in the center of the table are called pot. All the players try to win the pot. After placing the ante, the dealer deals each player five cards face down. Thus, each player sees only his /her own cards and has no idea what cards other players hold.
Then the first betting round begins. The player who’s been dealt the cards first should act first.

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