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Chapter 1

Skill versus Luck


in Poker

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Skill versus Luck in Poker

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Skill versus Luck in Poker

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Skill versus Luck in Poker

Chapter 2

Setup and Basic Play

The Role of the Dealer

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The Role of the Button: Whose Deal


Is It?

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of the Button

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Two Cards Are Dealt, Facedown

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The Player to the Left of the Two


Blinds Acts First

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One More Circumstance of the First


Round of Play

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Second Round of Betting

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Third Round of Betting

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Fourth Round of Betting

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A Short Review of What a Hand of


Limit

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Etiquette

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Your Private Game

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The Advantage of Position

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The Cadillac!

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Chapter 3

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Beginners, Top Ten Hands Only

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Raising with a Top Ten Hand in Late


Position

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Beware of the Mouse

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Reraising the Jackal with a Top Ten


Hand in Cyberspace

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A Top Ten Hand against a Mouse

Pocket Aces

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Kings, Queens, and A-K

Pocket Jacks

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The Power of the Raise

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Examples

The Flop Comes Down

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The Flop Has Come Down

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The Flop Is

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The Flop Is

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Beginners: The Special Case of A-K

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Examples

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The Flop Includes an A or a K (For


Example,
A-9-4, K-10-7, A-2-3, or K-Q-J)

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The Flop Is J-5-2

The Flop Is

and You Have

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The Flop Is Q-10-2

The Flop Is 6-5-2

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How to Play the Top Ten Hands on


Fourth Street

Protecting Your Hand

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Folding Down Your Hand

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Examples

Folding Your Hand Because a Bad Card


Came on Fourth Street

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Protect Your Hand

The Elephant Scares You Off

Raising the Jackal on Fourth Street When


a Good Card Hits

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A Tough Situation

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Playing the River with the Top Ten


Hands: Call for the Pot Odds!

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Examples

Folding on the River

The Board Is So Bad I Surrender!

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The Following Hand Has Three


Different Endings

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Calling Two Bets on the River

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Folding A-A for Two Bets on the End

When the Last Card Is Bad for Your Hand

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Chapter 4

Intermediate Strategy

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Extending Your Play beyond the Top


Ten Hands

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Stealing the Blinds

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Stealing the Blinds

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Playing the Majority Play Hands before


the Flop

Calling with Small Pairs

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Reraising with Small Pairs, before the Flop

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Examples
Make It Two Bets with No Callers

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Making It Two Bets with Callers

Small Pairs When the Mouse Has Come in


Raising

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How to Play A-x Suited before the Flop

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Playing K-Q before the Flop

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Playing the Majority Play Hands on the


Flop

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Examples

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Playing Small Pairs (2-2 through 6-6) on


the Flop: Pump It or Dump It

Playing Small Pairs on the Flop

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Playing Small Pairs: Flopping a Set

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Playing Small Pairs: Good Flops,


Protecting Your Hand

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Playing Small Pairs: Terrible Flops

Playing Small Pairs: Good Flops

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Reraising before the Flop Leads to


Betting on the Flop

Playing A-x Suited on the Flop:


Hit It or Fold It

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Examples

Playing A-x Suited on the Flop: Flush Draw

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Playing A-x Suited: Bad Flop

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Playing A-x Suited: Hitting Second


Board Pair

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Playing A-x Suited: OK Flop

Playing A-x Suited: Marginal Flop

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Playing A-x Suited: Flopping a Draw

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Playing A-x Suited: Second Pair


with Mouse

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Playing A-x Suited: Strong Flops, Slow


Play

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Playing A-x Suited: Strong Flop, Slow Play


or Not

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Playing A-x Suited: Strong Flops, Slow


Play?

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Playing K-Q on the Flop: Hit It or Fold It

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How to Play the Majority Play Hands


on Fourth Street

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Examples

Smooth-Calling

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Jamming the Pot

Protecting Your Hand with a Raise

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Folding Your Hand

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Playing the Marginal Play Hands on the


River

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Chapter 5

Advanced Strategy

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Playing Suited Connectors

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Appropriate for Playing Suited Connectors

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Calling with Suited Connectors

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Calling with Suited Connectors in


the Blinds

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Three-Betting with Suited Connectors:

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Stealing from the Blind Stealers

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Trapping with Big Hands before the


Flop

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Dangers of Resteals and


Suited Connectors

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Position in Advanced Play

Chapter 6

No-Limit and Pot-Limit

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The Biggest and Most Prestigious

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Home Game

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Beginners: If You Hold A-A, K-K, Q-Q, or


A-K before the Flop, Bet It All

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Beginners: Trapping with the Top


Four Hands

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Beginners: Reraising J-J, 10-10, or 9-9


before the Flop

Three Different Theories

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Intermediate NLH theory: Adding A-x


Suited

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Hole Cards

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Judgment is Everything in NLH

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Suited Connectors for NLH

Suited Connectors

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Theory: Playing with Nothing

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NLH

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Develop Your Own Style

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Chapter 7

Tournament Strategy

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Events

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Events, Especially Early

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Stealing the Blinds Helps You Survive

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Steal Blinds at the Money-Cutoff Line

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Survive and Thrive

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Bring Your Big Guns to a War!

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How to Trap with a Big Hand

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Play Satellites in Order to Improve

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Psychological Advantages in
Poker Tournaments

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Chapter 8

Omaha:
Setup and Basic Play

Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

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A Quick Run-Through of the Betting


and Dealing Action (Minus Some
Important Elements)

Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

Omaha Flop

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A Quick Refresher: The Button, Blinds,


Betting Order, and Betting Options

Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

Omaha River

A Sample Hand of Omaha

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Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

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Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

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Omaha Eight or Better: Setup and


Basic Play

Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

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Pot-Limit Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

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Pot-Limit Omaha: Sample Hand

Omaha: Setup and Basic Play

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Chapter 9

Omaha Eight or Better


(High-Low Split) Strategy

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

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Qualifying a Low Hand in O8B

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

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When No Low Hand Is Possible; and When


Two Players Share the Same Low

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

Back to the More Usual Low Hands

Adding Two Cards from a Hand to Make


the Four Best Possible Low Hands

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No Low Is Possible

A Lot of Times You Can Just Add A-2 to


the Three Lowest Cards on the Board

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

Adding A-2 Works Again

Remember: You Have to Use Exactly Two


Cards from Your Hand

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Using Two Down Cards for High and the


Other Two for Low

Using the Same Two Down Cards for Both


High and L o w

Using One Card Twice: Once for High and


Once for L o w

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

When Only a High Hand Is Available

The Importance of A-2 in Your


Starting Hand

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Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

The Rank of Starting Hands in O8B

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Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

Premium and Strong O8B hands

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Preflop Theory for O8B Beginners


Tight Play

Raising before the Flop

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W e a k Flops

Great Flops

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Good Flops: Protecting Your Hand

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Marginal Flops: Pump It or Dump It

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

When a Pair Hits the Board

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Playing O8B Hands on Fourth Street


for Beginners

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

Drawing Low on Fourth Street, with No


High Draw

Drawing to a High Hand on Fourth Street


with a Low Possible

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Jamming with the Best High Hand on


Fourth Street

Jamming with the Best Low Hand on


Fourth Street

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

Jamming with the Best Possible Hand


Both Ways on Fourth Street

Smooth-Calling with the Best Possible


L o w Hand

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Get Rid of the Low Draws

the River

Jamming with the Best Hand with a


Chance for It All

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

To Raise on the River with the Best


Possible Hand?

Folding the Second-Best Low on the End

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Folding a Strong High Hand on the End

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

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Folding a Three-Wheel Hand on the Flop

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

Hitting the Flop

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Never Leave Home without an Ace!

Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

Scotty Nguyen Told Me to Play Only A2 in O8B

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Omaha Eight or Better (High-Low Split) Strategy

My (Unsuccessful) Theory of O8B

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Chapter

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and Intermediate Strategy

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Best Possible Hand

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Investing a Toothpick to Win


a Lumberyard

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What It Means to Bet the Pot

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The Best Starting Hands for PLO

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Best Starting Hands in Pot-Limit Omaha

The Most Dangerous Starting Hands


in P L O

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The Danger of Small Wraps

Small Flush Draws

Beware of Pairs Under Nines

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Playing A-A-x-x before the Flop in PLO

All-in with A-A-x-x before the Flop

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Raising with A-A-x-x before the Flop

If You Raise before the Flop with A-A-x-x,


Bet the Flop

the Flop; Reraise

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Playing Big Pocket Pairs in PLO

Putting in a Small Raise

With Strong PLO Flops, Bet Hard to


Protect Your Hand or Bluff

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Mathematics in PLO on Fourth Street

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Calling Because of the Math on


Fourth Street

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Math in PLO Forces You to Fold

Make Sure to Bet the Size of the Pot


to Protect Your Hand

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the Best Possible

Betting Out with a Set into a Possible

Straight

Betting Out a Set into a Straight

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Betting or Calling Bets on the River

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Bluffing on the End Makes Them Call

PLO: Final Thoughts

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Seven-Card Stud:
Setup and Basic Play

Bet Limits, and an Extra Round


of Betting

Seven-Card Stud: Setup and Basic Play

Antes, Not Blinds

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How a Hand Proceeds

Seven-Card Stud: Setup and Basic Play

Seven-Card Stud Antes

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Seven-Card Stud: Setup and Basic Play

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A Sample Hand of Seven-Card Stud

Seven-Card Stud: Setup and Basic Play

Seven-Card Stud Setup

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Seven-Card Stud: Setup and Basic Play

Seven-Card Stud Board

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Two Other Stud Games

Betting Structure for Razz (Seven-Card


Stud Low)

Betting Structure Seven-Card Stud Eight


or Better

Seven-Card Stud: Setup and Basic Play

There Is No Positional Advantage in


Dealing Stud or Its Variants

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Seven-Card Stud:
Basic and Intermediate
Strategy

Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

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Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

Thing to Know about Stud

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What Are the Most Powerful Starting


Hands in Stud?

Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

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Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

Weaker Seven-Card Stud Starting


Hands

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Beginning and Intermediate Strategy:


Play It Until the Bets Are Double

Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

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Beginners: What to Do with Your Hand


on the First Round of Betting

The Time to Throw Away Your Jacks

Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

The Time to Reraise with Your Pair of


Jacks

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The Time to Make It Three Bets to Go


with Your Pair of Jacks

Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

Slow-Playing Your Hands in


Seven-Card Stud

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for Information

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Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

Winning the Pot with a Draw

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Throwing Your Hand Away When Your


Opponent Pairs His Door Card

Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

Throwing Your Hand Away When Your


Opponent Hits an Overpair on the
Board

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Math

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Seven-Card Stud: Basic and Intermediate Strategy

Chapter

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Seven-Card Stud
Low (Razz) Strategy

Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

The Best Low Hands

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Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

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The Best Playable Hands in Razz

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The Up Cards Will Determine the


Strength of Your Hand

Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

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The Up Cards Sometimes Tell You What


to Do

L o w Card

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the High Bring-In Card

Semiautomatic Raise: Stealing the


Antes

Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

Starting with the Best Possible Hand

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Duplicated Cards in Your Hand

Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

Why You Should Jam It in Razz with


Your Strong Hands in Three

Jamming Keeps You in the Pot

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The Argument for Trapping in Razz

Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

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Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

A Razz Trap Gone Awry!

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Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

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Who Is the Favorite after Five Cards?

Representing a Hand in Razz after You


Make a Hidden Pair

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Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

Situation

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in Razz

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Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

the Board

a Row

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Fold a Four-Card Nine for a Lot of Heat

One World-Class Tip from Ted Forrest

Seven-Card Stud Low (Razz) Strategy

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Defending When Yours Is the High Card


on the Board

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Chapter

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Seven-Card Stud
Eight or Better Strategy

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Scooping the Pot

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Qualifying a Low Hand in Stud 8/b

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All the Qualifying Low Hands for Stud 8/b

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

When No Low Hand Is Possible, the


Best High Hand Wins the Whole Pot

When Players Tie for High or Low

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Go for the Low, Hoping to Luck Out


and Win Both W a y s

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

The Best Starting Hands in Stud 8/b

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Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Premium Starting Hands in Stud 8/b

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A Solid, Safe Strategy for Beginners in


Stud 8/b

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Trap or Not?

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Low, Jam with the High

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Your Premium Low Hands

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Buying One More Card, but Not Two

Catching a Bad Card to Your Weak


Premium Low Hand

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Calling with Your Strong Premium Hand

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Throw Away Your Big Pairs

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

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Folding a Big Pair to Two Opponents Who


Have Three Low Cards Each Up

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Folding a Big Pair to One Opponent with


Four Low Straight Cards

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Folding a Big Pair to the Ace Up Card

Folding a Big Pair: Beware of an Ace!

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Short-Handed Stud 8/b (Four Players


or Fewer)

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Making a Big Hand: Trap or Jam?

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World-Class Play on the Last Round


of Betting

Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better Strategy

Literally the Biggest Pot I Ever Saw


in Stud 8/b

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Poker on the Internet


Strategy

Jumping on the Wave

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Audio Broadcasts

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Deception and Reading

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Games

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Games

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Theory

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Slow-Playing against a Superaggressive


Player

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More Information:
Rec.gambling.poker.com is the Online

Resources

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To Practice and Play Online

Poker Articles and Information

Last Notes on Playing Online

Appendix 1

Rank of Hands
in Poker

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Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Champion of the
Year Award

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Appendix 2

Appendix 3

The Most Prestigious


Poker T o u r n a m e n t s

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Appendix 3

(not listed by ranking)

Events

Appendix 3

World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship

World Poker Open Events

World Poker Challenge

LA Poker Classic Events

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Legends of Poker

World Poker Final Events

U.S. Poker Championship

Bellagio Tournaments

Ultimate Poker Classic

Lucky Chances Casino Gold Rush

The Poker EM (Vienna)

Euro Finals of Poker (Paris)

Appendix 4

Playing in a World Series of


Poker (WSOP) Tournament

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Appendix 4

Appendix 4

Final Thoughts about WSOP

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