The strategic diversity of poker is formed by all kinds of plays, designed to mislead the opponent or to direct the game in a direction in a self-interested way, making the chances of a particular player increase simply by making the opponents put the focus on an aspect of the game where it is easier to open the way to the pot.

Put this way it sounds easy, but if you have a little experience playing poker you will know that the strategic possibilities of the game have many layers and that not all of them work equally well with all types of players.

In this post we’re going to talk about what are the poker draws, what they are used for and how to get the most out of them before and after the discard. Take a look at it, because it will come in handy at some point, that’s for sure.

What are poker overbets

Let’s start with the basics. A push is what takes place when a player bets a sum greater than the total amount of ordinary bets. It has been related to a bluff, but they are not concepts that should be used synonymously.

These bets are often linked to a false move, carried out to deceive one or more opponents, giving the impression that something is intended that is actually a lie. It is a good way to make the opponent want to cover his game in a specific way, without foreseeing that we intend just the opposite.

Although effective when done well, the overbet is a risky move, which to be successful must be used occasionally and whose execution must be perfect so as not to arouse suspicion among the opponents. If at some point someone realizes that you are bluffing because of a bad overbet, the move will lose all its effectiveness and goodbye to your strategic advantage.

Overbetting before discarding

In the case of opening the game with pot or jackpot before the discard, players place an amount to receive the initial five cards. Players can only open if they have at least a pair of queens. This is called the opening law, although it is not obligatory to open despite having at least these initial cards.

If a player opens the game, the others can join the game. They can accept or raise, or pass, remaining outside and discarding their cards.

If everyone passes without opening, the cards are turned over. Now, each player will have to put the same amount as the previous time. In case a player opens the pot and the rest pass, he can take the pot if he shows his cards, to check that he really complies with the opening law. If he wishes (it is preferable), he can hide the remaining cards.

This is in case of opening with pot or jackpot, but we also have the pre-discard bids to take part in the game.

When the draws begin, each player, in turn, can check by making the minimum draw, check or pass. If you check, you want to stay in the game, at least until you know what the others are doing. When one of the players has made an overbet, none of the other players will be able to clock in. Those who have done so previously can choose whether they want to accept the challenge, increase it or pass.

Players may pass without being eliminated if there are no previous players who have bided. But if a player passes after any of them has already sent, he will automatically be out of the game. If this happens, he must leave the cards face down on the table and will not be entitled to any reward.

The game after discarding

The poker hands after the discard follow practically the same order as the hands before the discard. In the pot, it is the opening player who has the right to start with the draws. Each player, when it is his turn, has the right to check, raise the previous hand, accept the previous hands or fold.

In no case in the middle of a draw can a player ask about the number of cards that have gone. Nor can a player be forced in any way to play a larger number of cards than he has available. If higher amounts are played by other players, those amounts will be separated from the pool.

To establish a winner, the following aspects are taken into account in these assumptions:

  • “Hand” player overbets and no one accepts the bid.
    • Result: he wins and takes everything on the table, without showing his cards.
  • Any player chips having passed the previous players, and no one accepts the bet.
    • Result: wins the game and does not have to show his cards.
  • Several players bid or resend, and the highest bid of one player is not accepted.
    • Result: the latter wins, and does not have to show his cards.
  • Two or more players match their bids.
    • Result: each player must show his game and the player with the best play wins.

It must always be taken into account that, in no case, you can ask in the middle of a draw for the number of cards that have gone. Nor can a player be forced in any way to play a larger amount than he/she has available. If higher amounts are played by other players, these amounts will be separated from the set.