Joined: Jun '11
Location: Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Age: 42 (M)
Another thing you should understand is that Poker is set up in a fashion that is not entirely logical. A Royal Flush is
the highest hand. But it's just as hard to be dealt exactly J♦ 9♣ 6♠ 4♥ 2♦ as A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ 10♥, but the first hand is
worthless. A Flush is better than a Straight because it's harder to make than a Straight.
But the ranking of the cards themselves is arbitrary. There's no real reason a King should be worth more than a
Deuce. (And that's a very good justification for playing high cards, particularly in games where winning hands often
consist of a mere Pair. It's just as easy to make a Pair of Kings as it is to make a Pair of Deuces ... but the Kings will
get the money.)
In any Poker game you're in ... remember that it takes a stronger hand to call a raise than it takes to raise it yourself.
Also, remember that in Limit Poker, you must show down the best hand most of the time to win. In No Limit, on the
other hand, you more often than not take a pot without ever showing your hand.
If you've never had the opportunity to see a real No Limit game, you'd be very surprised how much bluffing there is.
Good No Limit players bluff four or five times as often as good players in Limit games.
You have to pick your players to bluff. You can hardly bluff a Sucker at all, whereas any good player can be bluffed.
But always bear in mind the player's mood that particular day ... if he's anxious to play, you handle him more
cautiously than you would otherwise.
Bluffing is the main reason I believe No Limit Poker requires more skill thin Limit. Bluffing in No Limit requires
real strategy, and the ability to size up your opponents every time you sit down to play.
Yet, paradoxically, Poker becomes easier the higher the stakes of the game, at least in games where Professionals
Down in the low Limit games, the Professionals who are involved don't have much money and what they do have
they're trying to keep for a stake and to live on. So they're playing the best Poker they know how to play.
But tip in the high stakes games you encounter big businessmen, bookies, hotel owners, millionaires...and they're
playing for entertainment. And they are not playing hard.