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HIGH-LOW SPLIT POKER

"Aim for the whole pot”

    An increasingly popular game of poker is high-low split poker. Nowadays, it is almost exclusively played with a qualifier of eight-or-better for low. Poker strategy is made very simple by a no-qualifier of eight-or-better for low. The game is balanced due to a qualifier.

    At limit poker, most of the split-pot games are played. But pot-limit high-low split poker is not only playable; it is also very interesting, challenging and intricate form of poker. Rather than poker players declaring their direction, it is better to play cards which speak at pot-limit poker.

    With a pot-limit eight-or-better format, it is possible to play any form of poker, some poker games are more suited than the others. Omaha, both the regular and the five-card variety, is ideal. Since you can seldom play a hand without an ace in it, hold’em is not good.

    It is advisable to deal four cards to each poker player (two down, two up) before the initial betting round for seven-card stud. The number of betting rounds will reduce from five to four due to this. Therefore, keeping stud in balance with the other games in the amount of monetary fluctuation. It will also bring straights and flushes into the picture.

    Draw poker is fine, even though some poker players prefer to introduce a third betting round through the use if a spit-card. After the first betting round and before the poker player draw cards, this is a community boardcard turned up. California pineapple is another poker game which is fun to play high-low.

    All the poker players gets dealt three cards each, and after one flop, must throw away one card. You might play either one or two cards from your hand in the end. The board is the same layout as in hold’em. This poker game is similar to the British Isles game of “Three-card Irish” although you are not allowed to play the board.

    It would be too big a task to discuss each form of poker individually as there are so many forms of poker that can be played pot-limit eight-or-better poker. Let us discuss the general rules that are applicable to all the various kinds of poker that use this format.

    You occasionally see the fivehanded and sixhanded pots that often characterize limit eight-or-better poker at pot-limit poker. Almost all the pots are either played heads-up or threeway which means that your profit is small in proportion to the amount on money risked if you split the pot. You must do the following to make good score:

1. Play only with high quality hands. The starting requirements for eight or better are stricter than for high poker. You should avoid the mistake of trying to play every hand here that you would play at straight high.

    You would normally play for high if you play all the hands, and also play hands that look attractive for low; you will be playing nearly twice as many hands as you would play in straight high. You must be playing fewer hands so this style of poker play is cardinal sin.

2. Stick to hands with scoop potential. Your selection of starting hands is the place to aim for this goal. For e.g. the ace-deuce combination is desirable at Omaha because it aims at the nut low. However, the scoop potential is small if your hand is A-9-8-2 of four different suits.

    The value of this hand is much more at limit play poker with those many-handed pots than at pot-limit play poker. The next time when you play it heads-up, make the nut low, and get quartered for huge money, realize that you were not just plain unlucky, but you also did something wrong. A hand such as A♥-K♠-Q♠-2♥ would have a lot more value. The flush-draws help a lot.

    To scoop a pot, there are two ways. You can either win the high when there is no low or you can win both the high and the low. Any poker player is making a blunder when he says that to play for low is the proper eight-or-better strategy. He is still planning in keeping mind the no-qualifier high-low split poker games which are no longer played.

    A hand that aims only at high is not a bad hand at all. However, with each new card, it must be constantly re-evaluated. For e.g. the Omaha hand of Q♦-Q♥-10♦-9♥ is a good starting holding. It is a monster with a flop of Q♠-J♥-3♣. A flop of Q♠-4♣-3♣ is the only one card different and still makes you top set, however it is a whole new ballgame.

    This second flop has two cards to a low, a flush-draw, and a card that makes the nut low-draw a straight. You are given a powerhouse by the first flop. However, the second card gives you a trap hand that needs to take off a safe card before a large sum of money is committed. You should go to war only after an offsuit big card comes on fourth street or the board pairs.

3. A game of position is pot-limit eight or better poker. At eight or better poker, position is of even greater importance than at any other form of poker. To see how the rival poker player reacts to the presence or absence of a possibly qualifying low, you require position. Only then you can play your own holding at maximum effectiveness.

4. Eight or better is not a bulldozer’s game even though there is bluffing. A large number of bets are called. The caller puts the money into the pot even though the caller is a bit apprehensive and hoping that you go the other way. Eight or better is a game where more emphasis is put on accent than blowing the rival poker player with a heavy betting hand.

5. To try and move some poker player out of the pot and when to leave them in, a pot-limit high-low split poker player needs a good understanding of these aspects. For threehanded pots, you need to have some poker player in the middle and keep them there when you look like a lock in your direction but do not have a chance to scoop.

    As you do not want to get the pot reduced to a heads-up situation, often you will not apply the maximum pressure in the betting. Obviously, try to remove the possible threat if winning half of the pot is in jeopardy.

    Pot-limit poker is quite suitable to being played high-low, as well as one winner. You will love it at pot-limit poker betting if you like limit high-low poker.



 

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