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Large Antes

In a particular game, the size of the ante ascertains how you play. The larger the ante as compared to later bets, the more hand you should play poker . As the money in the pot is more, you would obviously get better odds, but there are other reasons for playing more freely. Should you wait to get a good hand in a large ante game, by the time you win the pot, you will lose more than the size of the pot in antes. Further, the pot you win is relatively small because the other players, if they are decent ones, will be aware that you are playing very rigid and may not give you any action when you play a hand. In fact, if you get action, you are likely to be beat.

As the antes increases, your rival reduce their playing requirements, and unless you want to be eaten up by the antes, you too must reduce your playing requirements. These inferior requirements would continue to the later round of betting and advances on to the end of the hand. In a large-ante game, you may bet for value insignificant hands, you would be thrown away in a small-ante game. The attitude holds true especially in head-up situations. In a large-ante seven-stud game, you may see two good players betting and to call right up to the last card and at the end, one bets a pair of 7s for value and gets called by his rival with a pair of 5s. As it takes place, larger antes cultivate to make multi-way pots more frequent because more players are getting good pot odds to draw a big hand. With most of the player in the pot, drawing hands (such as four-flushes and open-end straights) increases in value, whereas average pairs like those 7s and 5s decreases in value.

One more reason for loosening up when the ante is relatively high is that if you play tight. It becomes correct for other player to take the ante from you without any kind of a hand. I had been in games where some player played tight for the ante. At the time when they were the only online poker players in the pot, I knew that I would definitely steal the antes no matter whatever I had. Suppose it costs me $7 to raise the pot in order to steal $10 in antes. I put in $7 with a hope that the remaining players will fold. I think I will play approximately 60 percent of the time. Because I needed to be successful only about 41 percent of time to make a profit, I can try to steal with anything. The point is that you cannot play too rigidly for the antes unless you want to give up this edge to your rivals. On the contrary when the ante increases, you should try to steal more antes, especially if you are in opposition with rigid players.

If it makes sense to win antes when they are large, it also makes huge sense not to slowplay a good hand. The purpose is that if on the first round you don't raise with a good hand, you give your rival with an average hand the possibility to come in contemptibly and possibly draw out on you. With a large ante, he has not made a mistake according to the Fundamental Theorem of Poker because he is getting better odds. In other words, if a player gets 8-to-1 or 10-to-1 odds on that first round, it would benefit him to come in and hope to chase a perfect card on the next round - even if he is sure that you are slowplaying a big hand.

Thus when you raise you demolish the odds that he gets and he has to throw away his average hand. With any good hand, it is not worth to let the rivals in contemptibly when the ante gets up there. You are satisfied just winning only the antes. However, when the ante is low, it becomes more satisfactory to slowplay big hands in a sense to suck worse hands in; you will get more prices for your big hands.

Before moving on to the small-ante games, let us take a review to this discussion of games with large antes.

You make to lose your starting-hand requirements, when the ante increases. You have four reasons to lose up. First, you are to get better pot odds. Second, it would cost more money in antes to wait for big hands. Third, your rivals play weaker hands. And finally, when you play too rigid against observant rival, no action will be given to you if you get a big hand.

You make to lose on later round, when the ante increases because the preliminary weaker requirements take over into later rounds. In spite of this, in multi-way pots hands like average pairs reduce in value whereas drawing hands increase in value.

You try to steal antes when the ante increases especially against rigid players, because the play has good positive expectation.

You raise with a good hand rather than to slowplay it when the ante increases because a large ante makes it that your rival are to get their proper odds as you do not raise and let them in contemptibly. Furthermore, when there is large ante, rival may call your raise when they do not get proper odds, which, as per the Fundamental Theorem is precisely what you want. They will likely call your raise if they have a doubt that you have been stealing antes with your raises on earlier hands.