Cryptic Crosswords & How to Solve Them by Fred Piscop

By Fred Piscop

A consultant to fixing cryptic crossword clues together with examples of puzzles on which to training.

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And if it’s a Hold’em tournament, check whether it’s Limit or No Limit. Most Limit tournaments contain at least one player who thought he was entering a No Limit tournament – not surprisingly, he is almost always one of the first to be knocked out. 85 Take the opportunity provided by online poker to review your play using hand histories. Going painstakingly through every decision you made in a tournament, for example, will greatly enhance your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. 86 The odds on pairing one of your hole cards on the flop at Hold’em are just under 3/1.

Each player will attempt to make the best five card poker hand using the community cards and their own face down cards. Two or four individual cards may be dealt in the most popular variations, Texas hold ‘em and Omaha hold ‘em, respectively. 1 In any form of poker, only enter a pot with a decent starting hand. More money is lost at poker through the contravention of this basic strategy than by any other means. Resolve that you will never again waste good money on weak starting hands, no matter how often you see someone else getting lucky with them.

11 Remember that the best position in Hold’em is on the button. This is because you will always be last to act after the flop and in subsequent betting rounds, giving you the huge advantage of seeing what your opponents have done before you have to make your decision. You can’t win every hand from the button, but you should never waste the opportunities it presents. 12 Beware players who flat-call under the gun (first to act). Most Hold’em players know that you need a premium hand to enter a pot from first position, and if you find yourself facing an opponent post-flop who limped in from there, you should put him on a big starting hand.

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