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Pot Limit & No Limit Poker : Play Poker

ALL IN COUPS

    Out of the two poker players in the pot, if one poker player is all-in then this leads to a sidepot in which the all-in poker player has no interest. If in a stud poker game, the tapped poker player is first to speak then the betting in England then proceeds to the next-best hand showing.

    It proceeds clockwise from the all-in poker player in America. If you want to play better poker then the English system fits the bill. A poker player is allowed to under-raise in a multi handed pot only if he is going all-in.

    You cannot make a further raise by using this under-raise. Therefore, Player A bets $100, Player B calls; Player C raises $20 all-in. Here, neither A nor B can reraise. D has the freedom to do whatever he wants to do.

    Using a poker player’s small all-in bet to take further action in a given round seems unethical to me. The pot is $100. Player A checks, Player B also checks, C goes all-in for $20. Player A calls and now B raises.

    Although, this is not against the rules of limit poker but it also doesn’t mean that it is right. If the bet is less than 50% of the minimum buy-in then the player’s all-in bet cannot be used to take action which seems like a good rule.

{ note: The rule that a wager must be at least the size of the minimum bring-in to reopen the betting to a poker player who has already acted is used in most American cardrooms.}

    If you are not careful, gruesome things can happen due to the artificial nature of a situation where a poker player has no money left. Seven-card stud poker. Ken (? ? ?) 7 9 4 2. Alf (? ? ?) Q 6 8 2. John, all-in (? ? ?) A J 6 J. Adam (J 7 ?) 10 Q A 8.

    The pot was $1000. Adam knew that he had bought the straight; there was no side pot and he bet $500. After a lot of thinking, Alf and Ken both passed reluctantly. With a victorious expression, Adam showed his “straight”. However, it turned to ashes.

    To his dismay, he had bought another 7, not a 9. He could not beat the open jacks, which was all John held. Here, all the hell broke loose. Alf claimed to have held trip eights while Ken claimed to have been pushed out with trip nines.

    Since, neither Alf nor Ken had any cards it was natural that John had to win the pot. Until the other poker players had shown down, Alf should have tried to hold onto his poker hand. Adam’s bet would have been legal if there had been a side pot of just $50.

    Since, this bet would deprive the poker players of their chance to win the pot for such small reward it would also be mischievous.  In the following London lowball, I was reproached about my actions. The pot size was $10K. I had (A 2) 3 7 10 J. Ed (? ?) 2 9 Q 5. Gerry (? ?) A 8 8 K.

    Only $500 were left with Ed. I bet $10 K, Ed called and Gerry passed. Ed’s 9 low stood up. Gerry complained bitterly that I had pushed him out of the pot while losing to Ed which was not true.

    It would indeed be unethical if I had checked, Ed bet his $500, Gerry called and then I had raised. However, Ed could have paired up. Being such a poor hand, it was unlikely for him to have an 8 in the hole, four to a 9-8.

    In the hole, he had two of A 3 4 5 6 7. His latest upcard pairing a five in the hole can be expected 32% of the time. Also I didn’t want to let Gerry into the pot on sixth poker street, only for me to improve to an 8 low and find he has made a better one.

    My 10 made is a winning proposition for the sidepot if he had four to a good low and he called. In an omaha poker coup I had J-10-9-6 double-suited. We were three handed and there had been a blind bet and a raise before the flop, which came K-Q-5.

    The pot was $4000 and I went all-in for this sum. Aces were passed by the original raiser, Donnacha O’Dea.As the last two cards didn’t improve me, the pot was won by the poker player who called all-in and had a pair of kings.

    Although, Donnacha is still one of the most ethical and the best poker player he still hasn’t forgiven me for poker bluffing him out, allowing a virtually all-in poker player to win. However, my action gave me 11 outs in two cards to win the pot, about a 46% chance, for only $200.

    The aces might have set in if I had checked and obviously I am less than even money. He would probably have bet if checked on the fourth street after he had checked. Then my excellent odds would have no meaning.

    The only scenario where a check would only have gained is if we both check on the flop, and ace comes on fourth street, I check, and he goes all-in without improving on the river. Having a drawing poker hand close to 50% or even higher is common in Omaha. No, my play stands up to the closest scrutiny.



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