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How To Poker
Owen Wang
What is Poker?
A way to de-clothe your attractive friends
funds these...
Probably for most people...
A (sometimes) enjoyable card game where you
(sometimes) win money
Rules
Each player given 2 cards (hand) -> Bet
-> Flip over 3 shared cards (flop) -> Bet
-> Flip over 1 more shared card (t...
Betting
CHECK = continue without putting more money
(only possible when no money down)
CALL = match highest amount of mone...
Common Misconceptions
“I’m not good at bluffing, I shouldn’t play
poker”
“Poker’s all about knowing probabilities and
coun...
What is poker really about?
Poker is a game of working with incomplete
information.
It’s about gathering intel and making ...
How to information
To figure out what people have in their hands:
Take advantage of position
Determine opponents’ betting ...
Position
Later = better:
See more people’s
moves before
making decision
More moves = more
information!
Betting Pattern Key Words
Voluntary Put Money In Pot (VPIP) -> tightness
of player
Infer what they have based on tightness...
Aggressive Poker = Winning Poker
Pre-Flop Raise (PFR) /
Continuation Bet (CBet) ->
aggressiveness of player
Be aggressive,...
How to decision
1.Have best hand? RAISE!
1.Need 1 more card to make best hand? CALL
“when it’s worth it”
1.Otherwise, FOLD.
“When It’s Worth it”!?!?
Read that book ->
Or look up “pot odds”,
“implied odds”, and
“expected value”
… and then read tha...
Making Intentional Bets
Based on what’s on the table, which hands
would [RAISE/CALL/FOLD] if I bet X?
When betting, maximi...
“If I raise, everyone will fold and I won’t make
any more money”
Not an issue if there’s intent behind your
raise. Raising...
Keep In Mind
People folding is not a bad thing.
If you play until the end, the only way to win
is by having the best possi...
FIN(Strip your opponents of their wealth and garments responsibly!)
¿Quéstions?
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How To Poker

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How To Poker

  1. 1. How To Poker Owen Wang
  2. 2. What is Poker? A way to de-clothe your attractive friends
  3. 3. funds these...
  4. 4. Probably for most people... A (sometimes) enjoyable card game where you (sometimes) win money
  5. 5. Rules Each player given 2 cards (hand) -> Bet -> Flip over 3 shared cards (flop) -> Bet -> Flip over 1 more shared card (turn) -> Bet -> Flip over last shared card (river) -> Bet -> Best 5 card combination wins
  6. 6. Betting CHECK = continue without putting more money (only possible when no money down) CALL = match highest amount of money put in RAISE = put in more money than highest FOLD = give up; lose any money already put in
  7. 7. Common Misconceptions “I’m not good at bluffing, I shouldn’t play poker” “Poker’s all about knowing probabilities and counting cards”
  8. 8. What is poker really about? Poker is a game of working with incomplete information. It’s about gathering intel and making decisions from what you know.
  9. 9. How to information To figure out what people have in their hands: Take advantage of position Determine opponents’ betting patterns Make intentional bets
  10. 10. Position Later = better: See more people’s moves before making decision More moves = more information!
  11. 11. Betting Pattern Key Words Voluntary Put Money In Pot (VPIP) -> tightness of player Infer what they have based on tightness. Counter loose by playing tight. Counter tight by playing loose.
  12. 12. Aggressive Poker = Winning Poker Pre-Flop Raise (PFR) / Continuation Bet (CBet) -> aggressiveness of player Be aggressive, but not hyper-aggressive. (same advice could apply to life)
  13. 13. How to decision 1.Have best hand? RAISE! 1.Need 1 more card to make best hand? CALL “when it’s worth it” 1.Otherwise, FOLD.
  14. 14. “When It’s Worth it”!?!? Read that book -> Or look up “pot odds”, “implied odds”, and “expected value” … and then read that book anyways.
  15. 15. Making Intentional Bets Based on what’s on the table, which hands would [RAISE/CALL/FOLD] if I bet X? When betting, maximize potential gains. Minimize potential losses.
  16. 16. “If I raise, everyone will fold and I won’t make any more money” Not an issue if there’s intent behind your raise. Raising is HOW you make money! Another Common Misconception
  17. 17. Keep In Mind People folding is not a bad thing. If you play until the end, the only way to win is by having the best possible hand. In the middle of the game you can win by that OR by getting all your opponents to fold.
  18. 18. FIN(Strip your opponents of their wealth and garments responsibly!) ¿Quéstions?

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