The Half-Bet

The Half-Bet

How about the secret of the half-bet?

Most dealers will allow you to half-bets up to three times. In a twelve player game, you have twelve bets, so you would bet the first six hands, then the last two hands. This way, you are betting all of the fifteen numbers once, and are collecting four wins for each of the other four hands. This way you are PUSHING your money.

If, for example, you make a $5 bet on the first six, and $5 on the last two hands, you will collect $10 on the second hand, and nothing on the first hand. You pushing $5 into the pot twice, but the dealer is only paying you $5 for each of the two bets. It doesn’t make any difference what your payoff is for the first six hands, but as far as paying a $5 bet on the last hand is concerned…

You’ve lost $5 on the first six hands, but an $8 on the last two hands gives you a $40 profit for the $5 investment. If you would have called the $5 bet on the first six hands, and then made an additional $5 bet on the last two hands, you would have collected $10 for the two hands total. In effect, you would have had to ROYAL FLUSH the dealer!

The attraction of the half-bet is obvious. It would be very difficult to convince a dealer that your hand was strong, if all you had to show the dealer was a pair of threes. Yet, by exposing the strength of your hand, you might get the dealer to make a mistake and not put out a hand that would have made a better hand for you.

If the pair you hold is superior to the dealer’s, you should say raise; otherwise, you should say drop. Unlike the pass line bet, a raise is a statement of strength. Against the odds, the raise succeeds. Against the prudent, it succeeds better.

The advantage to this strategy is that it is an intelligent use of your outs. You have to show that you have a far better hand than you are showing. This i can thusiastollason to spread your bet across the board rather than risking a large number of chips on a doomed hand. In effect, you are forcing a ” Mega88 ” on the board.

The threat to your flop bet is NOT of the dealer showing a higher hand, but OF the dealer obtaining a higher hand. When you call the dealer, you gainnothing. However, when you raise, you gain something. The two hands are not the same – they are not counterparts. You win because the dealer’s hand fails to beat yours. The dealer may have a better hand than you, yet you win if the dealer fails to beat your hand.

Observe these differences carefully, and realize that when you draw to an inside straight, you must be very careful before you reveal your cards.

In other words, there is an art/strategy to playing the inside straight. It is worth noting that there are three factors to remember when figuring out what to do:

  1. Your own hand strength.
  2. The dealer’s hand strength.
  3. How likely are the dealer to have a better hand than you.

There are no hard and fast rules. When you make your decision, you have to consider all of the circumstances, and arrive at your own decision regarding what to do. However, there are two important concepts to keep in mind.

One: When you look at the hole cards andFRIGHTENTHIS INSIGHT, you should consider all of the hands, including the dealers. When you are playing in a home game, you should consider only your hand.

Two: If you make a big raise, pre-flop, you should always raise with a significantly larger raise than you would normally raise in normal circumstances. If you make a small raise, you should always add the same amount as you would fold to a call.

The term: Small Raise or Sbredier: If you call the bet, you can take out some more money from the pot. The term: Maskaev Raise or Marksman: If you make a big raise and there are multiple players in front of you, you can take out more money than you would with a standard raise, even with Deuces.

The Surrender Rule: At the beginning of the tournament, every player has to make a certain bet relative to the big blind. This bet is relative to the big blind, so that a player can wants to surrender in certain situations. The surrender rule is a limit to the big blind that you can place.