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LONDON LOWBALL

“Knowing The Odds Is Vital”

    In London lowball poker was firstly played at the Victoria Casino and from then has grown as can be seen by the followers of the poker game. This poker game is famous among those who love fire-breathing poker. Each poker player antes ₤10 (used to be ₤25) and receives two cards facedown and one faceup.

    The high card after the dealer must bet ₤25. Then the betting goes around in the routine manner. A second card is dealt faceup, then a third, and then followed by a fourth. Finally, a card is dealt facedown. After each card, there is a betting interval and after the first betting round, the best low hand showing should lead off on each card.

    As both straights and flushes count high, the best hand is 6 4 3 2 A (not 5 4 3 2 A). A pair of aces is better than a pair of deuces because an ace is used as a low card. Hence, this is somewhat similar to the reverse of seven-card stud poker high without the added color of the out-draw possibilities created by the flushes and straights.

    London lowball poker is nearly similar to a poker game played in Las Vegas known as “razz”. However, straights and flushed have no significance as this is in limit poker. Like five-card stud, this game has limited strategy. As certain poker techniques can be explained with great clarity, it is very useful for this book. The greatest attraction for this form of poker is that it appears easy for weak poker players to understand.

    Therefore, they don’t feel inferior to other poker players. From my experience, some poker players play horribly which is more discernible than in any other game. This is a gigantic game. As I could not afford to play in the game during my heyday, I never played it during that time. When they switched to half lowball poker, half Omaha then only I joined in.

    But, I suspect all my early winnings were at Omaha without making these charges. The reasons for this are the staking system, the amount of money with which the poker player started and the truth that I played badly- especially before starting to write this book. Let us try to understand a ring game of eight poker players.

    The pot is ₤80. The high card has to bet ₤25. The first low card that wants to play raises ₤125 more. One other poker player calls and the high card passes. The pot is ₤405. Card four there is a bet of ₤400 which is called. The total pot is ₤1205. Card five the bet is ₤1200; Card six ₤3600 and there could be a river bet of ₤10,800.

    These are heady sums, and hands were rare where poker players had enough money on the table for this to happen. Recently, a few poker players played with the minimum ₤1000. Then poker player A makes the mandatory ₤25 bet. B raises and C calls. The pot is now ₤405. The pot will be ₤555 if D calls. If D started with only the minimum and wants to play, what should D do?

    He might as well back-raise and get the pain over.B or C might pass now or later and D will gain some leverage for his money. Due to this all poker players banged in their money on third street or at the latest, fourth street. The importance of skill factor was negligible. Overall the loss rates to the house alone were huge because the table charge was ₤25 per hour.

    The ante is only ₤10 nowadays. Most poker players don’t raise the maximum at the start as they follow my example. Also, few poker players play with the minimum sum. But the great attraction of the game has sharply decreased as the mug

PRINCIPLES

1. You can pass blind if you have a 10 or higher showing at card three and there are two or more poker players in the pot. You must hit a valuable low card if you call and all the others be dealt a turkey. The chance of each one of you improving is approximately 50%. Therefore, against catching both up, you are 7-1 favorite. These poker odds are never given to you. You have only achieved a level playing field even if it all comes to pass. As far as I know, the only game where you can play perfectly passing blind is Lowball.

2. You should raise blind with a low card if the high card has bet and all the other poker players have passed. Even to consider calling which is 3-1 against, he is going to require two low cards in the hole. Where some poker player is high with an 8 or lower, or possibly even a 9, this rule does not apply.

3. If you were the high card with (4 A) K against (? ?) 7 ?, should you pass a raise? Certainly, if he is in position other than in a steal position. It is not clear if the rival poker player has made a mandatory raise. You might get sucked in a big pot which might become a problem.

4. Do not be afraid of letting a high card in, provided the rival poker player should pay for the privilege. For e.g. after the high card, you raise immediately with (7 3) 2. A poker player with 10 calls. Now, another low card raises. It is not required to put the frighteners on the 10 by raising again. You are splitting up the rival poker player’s money if he wants to play the other low. If you think the 10 will continue to come along for the full ride which is very rare, then surely reraise. Or else, he might hit a blank on fourth street and fail to throw all his money away which could prove very dangerous for you.

5. You are playing poker if you play passively with a good low at the start and failing to raise. It is easy to be outdrawn. All that is necessary is just a small raise.

6. Card four: Pass a hand such as (7 4) A J against (? ?) 5 7. You are hoping that has paired and the odds against you are 2-1 if you call. You are only a small favorite even though you might be correct. Therefore, the basic big-bet poker principle is confirmed by London lowball. Where ever you are a small favorite or big underdog, always pass in such a situation.

7. (7 4) A 9 is more marginal against (? ?) 5 6. The rival poker player might have paired or if he has not done that, it might be possible that he has a four-straight. Against your hand, the holding of 2 3 5 6 is not a big deal.

8. The decision to call or not with (3 2) 7 5 K against (? ?) 2 8 4 is a poker one. About one third of the time, the rival poker player is expected to have paired up. It probably hasn’t paired him if he has taken a great deal of heat early on against two or more rival poker players and later hits an 8.

9. On fifth street, the rough 9 made (9-8 low) is a small underdog against four cards to a 7.

10. Since, an ace or 6 makes a useless straight, the holding 5 4 3 2 is an awful hand. A call constitutes a bluff. For a decent low, you can hit only an 8 or 7.

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