No Limit Hold'em Strategy Guide, by Dead Money
The check-raise is a trapping move. You really have to watch the dealers close. I was running so bad, I reduced my betting from 25 ante to 5 ante and moved seats…no change in luck. A Texas Hold'em tournament is the same as any other game of Hold'em with a few added rules and twists. I used to only play real poker, but now I play this all the time because it is more fun, plus the interaction with the players is more exciting…for the most part. Limit Mode does not utilize the ratings feature.
Texas Holdem Rules
Here are the rules you need to know about a Hold'em showdown:. In Hold'em you must make the best hand possible using any combination of your two cards and the five community cards on the table. You can use both, one or none of your own hole cards in making your best hand. Here are some rules about evaluating a winning poker hand:. The remaining cards and the fact Player 1 also has a pair means nothing - only the best five-card hand factors into deciding the winner.
Once you determine the winning hand, that player receives the pot. The dealer passes the dealer button to his or her left and the two players to the left of the new dealer put out their big and small blinds respectively. Straight beats a pair, if that is what you are suggesting. Always, 5 cards make the hand, so if player 1 chooses to make their hand with their Q plus the community Q, they have a pair of queens and they lose.
Assuming player 2 uses the AKQJ to complete a straight with their Normally, player 1 would not make such a mistake and the pot is split as both players make their hand from the community cards. Technically yes, as the verbal "raise" s binding so the table knows a raise is coming.
I Have since posting this found the correct answer. Not correct - for the hand to proceed, every player still in must have put the same value of chips into the pot.
Every raise, must be called, folded on, or raised. Just to make sure I've got this right If everybody in a round raises then the last player is putting in more money than anybody else - so more to lose? So in practice the last player would never do anything more than call, right? I am not sure if this question is going to make sense but I hope it does We play friendly games of Texas hold'em. OK let's see if I can make sense of this there was three people left on the table playing one person had maybe 40, in chips one person had 30, in chips and one person only had Dose the dealer still deal you in if you got money on the table and you take a break.
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How to Beat the Poker Bully Part 1: I was running so bad, I reduced my betting from 25 ante to 5 ante and moved seats…no change in luck. Sometimes, the best thing for us is to just pick up our chips and take a break. The Pala dealers except for vgMega drive me nuts, and so do the players. They leave after a few bad beats, then they come back if they see or hear someone winning. On the other hand, it has some charm as a small, local casino.
The dealers at Pala are not great. He had his mind made up that k-3 was better than a-k. Surprisingly he was losing and losing.
Oh boy, Your right about Charlie and John. They mean well, but they can come off in a bad way. I wish I could deal that game myself a lot more, but they are set in their ways on who deals what, especially in the Carnival pit.
And your right about comps…. BTW, if you guys have any questions about procedure, ask away! It was a promotion they were running. I asked for a comp a while back and they said they stopped it because players were taking advantage of it.
It seems some supervisors were comping for Fiores too much. Actually got a call from the casino director and had a nice chat. They may brinhg it back with some restrictions.
Stephen,If you knew one of the flop cards,would this change basic strategy in Ultimate texas holdem? Obviously if you knew you would pair up you probably would bet,but say you have k5 or q8 and now since you only have four unknown cards to match yours would you still bet 4x on these hands or other close plays like jt.
Went to Pala today…i know…why would i do that? You really should drive past Pala, and go to Casino Pauma. There are self-proclaimed BJ and Craps professional gamblers. Could one turn pro playing UTH? I am looking for a career after retirement. This may be it. If trips came up I removed that amount from the stack and so on. The suits hung around the table a lot…i mean a lot!
I will definitely go back there again! Hi I am confused by the statement and example on the flop. The flop is 3d9dKd. You have no flush or straight draw, so you check. Went back to Spa Resort yesterday and was stuck for 2 buy-ins for most of the session.
I was playing with another player at the table at first and then mostly one on one. The only stipulation with playing two hands is that you have to play one of them blind.
Usual raised eyebrows and smirks at my playing style. A few possible converts. A player was in seat 5 and as I started to sit in seat 4 he moved over. First hand I hit a flush. He got ticked and said I was stupid for not playing trips.
He lost about 2K and kept dropping his trip bet. I made 3 trip bets for the session dealer change card change etc and won 2 of 3. I heard him telling the other players how I count as I left See my post above for explanation. Holy California card craps! I have done the exact same chip tracking you do, but stopped after a few sessions because as i got deeper into my session, the chips migrated into the tracking stack and i had to keep using those chips and it got confusing real fast.
I will probably head to Rincon next friday to play some, although i have not had much luck there recently. I will probably check out Pauma too, on my way home.
He left shortly after I sat down. Went to Vegas for the weekend. Very difficult to find UTH tables. There were a lot of WSOP Hold-Em tables, watched for a few minutes and it appeared to be even money payouts on everything saw a full house and a flush while I was watching. Played one short UTH session at Paris. Not enough light above the tables. One dealer held the cards near his chin hand dealt game and flipped the cards across the table. Twice players had to pick them up off the floor.
Had three hands in a 20 minute period he started to rake my chips and I had put my hand down on top of his to get his attention to point out that my flush beat his two pair. Very bright table games area, lots of loud music for the go-go dancer in the pit.
My wife who usually plays blackjack sat in for half an hour and caught quads. They were doing okay to start with but the cards turned ugly and one looked to be near tears after a very long losing streak from where I was at 3-card looked like one lost 8 hands in a row, won 2, then lost 6 more.
Paris has UTH now? PH, Cosmo, Mirage, and Wynn were my favorites as far as atmosphere and energy at the tables and casino. Ballys had one UTH table. Flamingo best for mispaying people…though in my last session they narrowed down the amount of dealers running hte game so it was better.
Was in Vegas this past week. Ann low key and pleasant to play at. Freaking people out with 4x bets on any ace or small pairs, let alone the K, Q and J bets. Had more losing sessions than winning, unfortunately. A couple of starts with 6, 7, 8 losing hands in a row. But ended the trip on an up note, playing my last hands before I had to leave for the airport, I hit back to back full houses playing trips to double my money on the last session.
Just got back from Lake Tahoe and Harrahs has it for 5 min. Had 3 sessions, all winning. Its amazing how people get killed playing the bonus. Of probably 20 or so people I played with, I was the only one using this strategy. One lady hit quads playing the 10 on the bonus every hand and was broke in an hour. Thanks for the site as I practiced for a week and it paid off in Tahoe. People going broke because of trip bets. Sat down for a session just before it was time to meet my wife.
Does anyone have a time limit or goal to win in each session? I started playing 3 months ago and developed a hit and run strategy. It seems like when I played for hours in a row I would only get up about 12xx avg bet of course not playing trips and using basic strategy.
Now I just try to hit and run being hapy with winning x avg bet and moving on to play it at the next casino or just taking a short break and coming back. Also, buy in amounts, based on avg bet? I usually am buying in for 20x avg bet, might be a little light since i have gone through it a few times. Whats your worst losing streak? I book wins constantly and would like to move up.
WHat is your bankroll amount per bet? By bets I assume you are referring to the size of your ante bet. I allot ante bets per session. Right now I play 25 ante and 15 on the trips, so for a session, I cap my losses at …believe me, the swings will take you to the cap if you run into a cold streak.
This is a casino game, so walking out even or slightly down is a good thing. This does not happen often though, it is usually up or down a sizeable amount. Leaving up one ante per hour usually means you had a rough session and just happened to get some back plus a little. So, shoot for one ante per hour and your bothers wins will be even more exciting and your losing sessions will be expected, since it is a casino game.
One thing I never do, no matter how much I am winning…I never leave when I am hot. Why do gamblers leave on a hot streak but keep playing and keep playing bigger when they are on a cold streak?
Bankroll management like I use will not make u a winner…it will only let you play the game longer. I am net down since playing this game. I like many others started playing this game and was winning almost effortlessly and thought this game was a money tree…WRONG!
This game can bite you in the ass hard and to play perfect strategy, I believe you need a deep bankroll for the limit you play. Adjust your bet size to your bankroll. I have lost within the first 10 minutes of playing on several occassions. The swings in this game can be brutal and that is part of what makes the game exciting. Play this game for fun, not for expectations of making money. If you want to make money consistently, play real poker.
I used to only play real poker, but now I play this all the time because it is more fun, plus the interaction with the players is more exciting…for the most part. If there are gramatical errors, well, so I suck at grammer…lol. One ante bet per hour? That can not be correct? If its 4 hands then I walk…. Under Promise Over Deliver. If i make one ante per hour great, i walk away a winner. If i make beyond it, then I feel i had a good session. I think everyones goals and expectations of win rates will vary greatly.
Given that it is a casino game, excluding any comps, you are expected to lose money on this game, so breaking even is good. This is an addictive game. Do you think that it might be possible to even beat the casino and gain a small edge if you are allowed to look at the other players cards all the time? This way you have a lot of info about your outs, especially on the river….
I do not believe seeing the other players cards all the time is enough to beat the house. The problem is that you are always wagering more than you win, excluding bonus hands.
I believe this game will always be a house-edge game, excluding player comps, unless you can see the dealer cards. Some casinos, like Barona, deal the game with all players cards face up, so it must still be house-edge for them to do that. I have been wondering if team play may add some value to this game though. I have only done this for 3 sessions there, and so far it seems to work ok, except one time i got quads on my second hand which happened to be my first spot hand , which would have been my bigger bet hand if i did not play two hands.
The Spa lets you play the second hand on either side of your actual hand, whereas most other casinos make you play the actual second hand blind. I have played two hands several times at Barona without having to play either one blind. KNowing other cards is very valuable.
It may not always be useful per each hand but at times it will help you save a bet or gain a bet. IF you are playing with 5 other people and nobody has a duece and you have two of them, even though the book says not to bet 4x, you now should since you know 10 cards so the odds of hitting your set are much higher…. Anyone know of website that has a list that has UTH? I am curious if any casinos in WV have it? As far as I know on the east coast….
ANyone know anywhere else that has it? Guys, I think you can benefit from seeing other players cards. Especially on the river. You can count the outs that the dealer has. We just have to make more calculations…. Start with , if you win, then , if you win then Then back to regardless of the result of the hand to protect profits.
I was betting it but seldom because I was trying to save chips and was already dejected by my cash game result. Thank you guys for the discussion.
I try to tip at the end of a session. The dealer knows if your ahead or behind. Percentage is up to you. If you are a regular you will see that a toke when you leave even if your losing reflects in the dealers attitude toward you next visit. I am trying to find out what it takes to get a free room playing UTH.
Is anyone getting comped rooms at the Wynn, or Caesars.? Feels like M Life has turned very stingy. I have never played at Venetian. I looked for it last January but could not find it there.
Vegas still might be feeling the crunch, so comps may still be relatively easy to come by. I actually find M-life to be comp friendly. I have been getting offers year round from M-life and have only had time to take advantage of it once this year at the Mirage. I had a comp room booked for Bellagio earlier this month, but had to cancel. Wynn seems to be pretty comp-friendly lately as well. I only played there for maybe an hour tops, while waiting for the Le Reve show, during my last trip.
They used to, but too many players are actually playing that bet at a positive EV. I went next door to the Wynn and got the same story. Having a real bad run of luck. Wife does the same plus slots. Never hear a jackpot on slots announced any more. They have the machines so tight they are embarrassed to announce the few winners. This is the closest casino to me that has my games so I am stuck.
Marketing should be giving MORE comps to keep people coming. At least the staff there are friendly. Still mostly at Pechanga. Saturday I got trips jacks on 3 card then community quads kings then a solo set of quads deuces on UTH.
Wife wanted to hit Pala so was there for a bit on Sunday. Really slows down the play as the dealers try to hit the sweet spot with the dollar chips to light up the red dots. Here is something to think about.. I played 15, hands of UTH on the practice game on this site. I never hit a royal flush. I grouped the results by hands to approximate 9 to 10 hours of play. If There was a winning royal flush, the loss rate would have been -. There were almost two losing sessions to every win session.
I do not know how many hours I played this past trip, but it must have been somewhere around hours in 4days, spread over a dozen or so sessions at several different casinos.
I mostly played quarter ante, sometimes 50, if the cards were running good and the dealer was hitting air. I recovered all the losses on the second day without any huge hands, just good run of cards.
Although, I do play 15 on the trips most of the time, unless I am just running really cold. Been dealing the game a bit more now at Pala. Gave out some decent hands and tried giving advice on the preflop bets.
Got a few converts on betting preflop with ace and mid pairs. Anyone going to be in vegas in January? It seems Venetian is rating the game like MGM…2x ante, plus trips. I played at Cosmopolitan this week and the pit told me they rate UTH as 3x ante, plus trips bet, which seems like a much favorable rating.
I do not know what is needed to get comp rooms, but I stayed free through a casino marketing offer. Vegas is hurting, so I feel the casino marketing comps have been getting better for little players like me. I will be staying at Wynn and Harrahs next week for SHOT show and will ask the pit what kind of play is needed for room comps. I can confidently say, I played very little in some of these casinos, prior to getting these free room offers.
Maybe Vegas does the same thing with free room offers. Mike, have you ever played blackjack. I also play hour sessions and go through 3K to 6K session swings, and I am starting to think that BJ may offer a better return and comps.
Curious what you and others think. I only play BJ occasionally, usually when I am with friends and we all want to play something together. Oddly, I get scared playing BJ with quarters, but have no problem playing quarters and black chips on the play bet in UTH. Personally, I think the comps should be better for UTH, and I think for players who play by the strategy get short-changed with the rating system because we raise so often pre-flop, yet that 4 times bet is almost meaningless in the rating system.
Cosmo will at least rate at 3x the ante, plus the trips, so you will always at least get rated as if you called the river on every hand, but other casinos as you have found out only count the initial chips wagered to see the hole cards.
On a side note, at what level should a player consider asking for a host? I had cleaned it out prior to playing by eating at Noodles, in Bellagio, prior to that session, so I assume I was at zero express comp dollars at the time I started at MGM.
Was anyone here playing at MGM Grand last night? I was at a table with some serious players…strategy and wagering. I played at Bellagio last month and also tracked my express points. That has been working fine. It was the end table…very hard to see because it does not have the tall signage. Comps are still pretty good IF they know you.
Playing mostly Mississipi and UTH. UTH is a slow winning process but I do pretty good by betting the 4 times when i should.
I have been playing the trip bet lately and it seems like it might be a wash. Lost out on some good pays when the cards were coming. I quit BJ as I never know when to up my bet. Is anyone aware of any other They have two tables now; in the far end of the pit closest to the Strip entrance. Not the party pit. Got back from my second 5 days trip to Vegas. Floated the second day and then went on a winning streak thurs and fri. All my bets were quarter ante, except for a handful at 50…one of which being the second straight flush hand.
Trips bets varied from 15 to 25, and sometimes none at all…luckily all my big trips hits had a bet on it. Of all the places I played, I definitely like Cosmo and mirage the best…friendliness of dealers and pit, as well as atmosphere.
Cosmo also has the best rating system for the game…3x ante plus trips. Tropicana has the worst rating…ante plus trips. Everyone else rates it at 2x ante plus trips. I know it is to cover their ass, but it was getting kind of ridiculous. I wanted to play at bellagio, but they only have one table now and it was constantly full, so I never got the chance.
Bellagio has my favorite dealer of all time…a guy named Pierre…funniest dealer I have ever had…unfortunately, he only works graveyard shift now. They were constantly making errors…favoring the house, nonetheless!
If you play there, you need to pay attention! So many hands, the dealer raked in players chips thinking they had losing hands, when they really had winning hands. The dealers were mucking the community cards too before paying trips bets. Super incompetent and rude dealers there. Play at your own risk at PH! You mentioned you play BJ, so thought I might share this with you.. Although, you may already know. While plying at Encore, a lady at my table was telling me I should play the black chip BJ tables there.
Apparently, the dealer has to hit soft 17s on those tables. I forgot if they were single deck or not. You probably already know who has the better BJ games, but I figured I would throw Encore out there since that lady was raving about it.
Mike, thanks for the report. I stopped in at Ballys late Dec. BTW, my observations were identical to what you wrote. I was so annoyed at PH that I cancelled my credit line and asked to be taken off the mailing list. So I am now an M life guy. BTW, Pierre at the Bellagio is funny. I have been telling one of his jokes. It goes like this. On Sunday I go to church and hear the people praying. On Monday I come to work as a dealer in the Bellagio and I hear people praying. Do you know what the difference is?
The people who pray in the casino really mean it. She was hyping it like it was a gold mine though…maybe she was just extremely lucky at that table. At 5x Ante and trips, I would give them the majority of my play…for sure! That would be the best rating i have seen for this game! Now you know why I have given up on CET properties. I mplayed for 4 hours ay Caesars. OK, I will be back in a few weeks, what type of room can I get on a comp.
Answer, none, your avaerage bet is too low. She looked up my play ar Caesars and told me the same thing. I asked what do you need for a room in this place. I am being comped at the Bellagio for less. She said MLiFE takes better care of table players. Guys, I think that is the answer.
First, for those who play trips, I checked a majority of the casinos all over Vegas for Trips payouts had a lot of time to kill. The pit manager told me they changed the tables about 2 months ago.
I saw at least one of their two UTH tables open at I did find some 1. Planet Hollywood, Stratosphere, Orleans, Plaza. Gold coast used to have the 1. The Plaza is the only live dealt UTH 1 table downtown. Both machines have the 3. I did not check the Tropicana to see if they had a machine, which someone earlier thought they might. All the other casinos that I checked, and it was almost all of them on the strip, all of downtown, and all of the Boulder Strip, had the 3.
I did not check the far outlying casinos. I play the pre-flop strategy religiously, and the flop and river abbreviated strategy. I used to play Trips in Detroit 1. I always keep accurate track of what the Trips bet would have done if I played it. I played the ante-blind a little over 3 hours. Discipline as I watched myself get straights, flushes, 3 full houses, etc.
I figured it was a fluke. Next day was the Plaza. It was Tuesday night around 8: The most people at the table including me was 3. Yes, was hitting nice hands again and trying to keep that now enlarged vein on my bald head from bursting. So, I decided that maybe this was just a good all-around week for getting good Trips hands and that I should start playing the Trips Bet, go with the trend.
After all, I brought enough bankroll to allow that. The next evening I went to Orleans since I knew they had the 1. Played for 3 hours including Trips and ended the session regular bets and trips for a total ! I cannot tell you how many times this has happened. After cooling off and having some dinner, I went to the Gold Coast thinking they still had the 1.
I seemed to be hitting some decent Trips Bets so I kept playing it…for almost 4 hours. Besides, I tire of the strip quickly. Decided to play at Stratosphere that evening. I decided I would be playing Trips for the rest of this week today and tomorrow just to keep consistent and not drive myself crazy.
It seemed like a giving table, the other player and I were getting a good share of straights, trips, and a full house each. Flushes were nowhere to be seen. A lady sat down who never played UTH before and hit a straight right out the gate, then a few hands later a quad.
She moved on after a couple more hands. The table started to get cold for awhile but I was still sensing probably more like hoping that it was a giving table, maybe it was taking a little break.
Even after all these nice hands my Trips Bets were now down around All of the sudden, our table filled up. My trips bets got back up to when out of nowhere…I hit the first straight flush of my UTH playing history! Thank you for sitting down, people! And no, unlike my home casino, the pit managers did not take out all the cards and make sure it was a legit deck etc, etc.
The dealer paid me and had the pit managers double check the payout, and that was it. I played one more hand, which lost, and got the hell out of Dodge! I decided this was it for this trip, I like to go out with a bang.
Definitely ahead of the game. Yet even winning a straight flush, and many other Trips bets, I still ended up in the red on the Trips Bets. So sorry, was not reading my scribbled notes too well. The eighth paragraph showing my results at Orleans were incorrect. Abbreviated expletives to remain! I am going to The Orleans and Gold Coast this week. I played there whenever I was in Vegas, have not seen anyone not playing Trips.
U have have been a sore thumb. They must be the people from here. If you know the basic strategy, you know when this is advantageous to you. Meanwhile, they mostly only do the 1x bet. Just played my last round of UTH at Viejas and will never go back again. The place has gone so downhill over the past few years.
Ever since they laid off nearly half their dealers last year, the remaining dealers seem very jaded and rude. Since they now deal the board first, I noticed that half the dealers were pulling the five cards in one direction and half were pulling them in the other direction creating inconsistent flops from dealer to dealer.
I asked a floor person who said that they should be spread from right to left. He immediately got an attitude with me and basically treated me like I was a fucking idiot. I called a floor person to ask him and he jumped all over me for doubting his dealer and insisted that it was definitely left to right. Ever since the floor people have harassed me every time I play. Today was the last straw. I was playing blackjack waiting for UTH to open and the dealer got blackjack three times in a row.
I flipped my cards to the dealer which she grabbed before they went into the rack. Tom, the floor person, came over immediately and accosted me for throwing the cards.
A few minutes later another floor person came over and said she heard I was throwing cards. She left me alone. Half an hour later she came back, pulled me off of the UTH table and said that surveillance showed I did throw my cards and they needed me to leave for the day. Got into trouble with neighboring players several time..
As luck has it the flop was Ace, Queen, and 10 of hearts. The jack of hearts of came out on the river and i got my Royal Flush.
I love this game.