The poker game of Omaha provides a wonderful challenge and a lot of fun for the recreational player. Further, Omaha split, 8 or better, can provide the good players with a solid income. This book is about profitable play. It points out the importance of choosing only the best starting hands, the incredible importance of the flop, emotional control and position play. This book builds on the previous book, POKER, Omaha, High/Low Split, Book One.
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Andy Nelson is a seasoned professional poker player/poker writer. His books are insightful and fun to read. He calls a spade a garden tool. You will find him to be a shrewd writer who has earned his stipes at the poker table.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
(From CHAPTER THREE)
HOPE IS A TRAP Hope is a demon. A demon that can cost you some big bucks when playing cards, It lurks in all sorts of poker games but is more prevalent in Omaha High/Low Split because there are so many combinations of cards. It is quite normal to have a flush draw, the nut straight draw, a full house draw and a low draw within the same hand. So when you evaluate the possibilities after the flop, it is easy to get your hopes up. You think to yourself, My God, how can I miss? Well, you can miss. The insidious part is that even if you catch a good hand, Omaha High/Low Split is generally about the nut hands. Even when you have a hand with so much potential, you often lose when you catch. So beware the demon I call hope. In your plan of success, you must allow for this enemy called hope. We have all felt its presence. When we look at a hand, we must have solid expectations based upon logistical odds or we should throw the hand away. We have to place great restraints upon hoping to win or we will fritter our chips into the opponent's stacks. The ability to control hope is the difference between being a contender and a pretender. Compare it to a pitcher in baseball who, behind in the count to a good hitter, throws up a hope pitch. Good-bye. There goes the ball and the game. Unless that pitcher has a solid plan as to how to get that hitter out, he will have to be lucky to get him out. When a poker player stays in the pot and hopes for a certain card or cards, he can say goodbye to his chips. He must not depend on luck but on solid mathematical expectations. No successful player is a hope player. When you take a good look at your total game, be constantly aware of the hope factor. If you find yourself playing in precarious situations, hoping for that one card that will make you the winner, have a talk with yourself and change your method of operation. Keep talking to yourself about keeping the hope factor out of your game. That devil called hope is very doubtlessly depriving you of some greater profit.
TRAPPED BY SECOND BEST What is the most expensive hand in poker? Every poker player worth his salt knows it is the second best hand. They don't pay off for second as they do at the track. It is not only the financial cost, but also the embarrassment. I still shudder to think of the times when the showdown was three-handed and I was the bottom dog in that pile. I had been playing one of those darn hope hands. Oh, it hurt. At that moment, if I had not been too lazy to work and too chicken to steal, I would have given up poker forever. In low-limit poker, there is a lot of chasing. (another name for hope). Chasing is when you should know that you have a second or third best, but stay, hoping to catch a card that will make you the winner. So you called each bet. Why? You didn't have control of your game. Yet it happens all the time, to everyone. Let me quote a dear old friend who is a guru to me at the poker table. He has said, "Why draw to a hand that you cannot raise with, if you hit it?" Think about that and apply it to your play. Most of us are so anxious to play that we take almost any old draw hand and try to get lucky. That thing called hope is pure poison at the poker table.
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Descripción Impact Pub, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110945983131
Descripción Impact Pub, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0945983131