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FINAL THOUGHTS

We have covered proper play of stud poker hands through each of the betting stages. If you have read this material (and re-read it) you could head to the card club or your favorite home game with confidence, knowing when to sit tight and when to come out like a 500-pound gorilla. Before we finish up, Peter would also like to mention a few last topics to help you improve your stud poker game.

ONLINE PLAY

Lately it seemed like millions of websites have been added to the World Wide Web everyday. With the web’s incredible growth, a number of opportunities for gambling on the Internet – play on the slots, on sports, and of course, poker play – have been developed. Should you play online?

Personally, Peter plays on the Internet only for fun. He doesn’t feel that there is anything wrong with playing online, but he had preferred holding the cards in his hands, watching his opponents, and actually picking up chips. One problem with playing on the Internet was that collusion had been easy there.

Peter had seen just how easy it was when he had tried it with another poker player one evening. They had gone to play for fun, but they had let each other know what they had been holding.

Peter certainly was not the kind of person who would have ever done this in a live money game on the Web, but they did it as an experiment to ascertain how it would have worked.

The obvious result had been that they both have won a number of chips – when one of them had had a monster hand, they used to both drive up the pot to pay that person off. This kind of collusion had been quite simple – they had just communicated via instant messaging, and no one at the table had known.

Doing this at a real money table would have been highly unethical, but people did – so if you did play online that would have been one thing you would need to keep in mind.

Peter had understood that online poker play had been becoming very popular, so he did not want to paint a bleak and dark picture and had suggested that playing on the Internet was entirely a bad proposition.

Most of the sites out there had good security, and their teams had tried to track down people who had colluded to make sure they did not disrupt play.

Still, tracking down these cheaters was much more difficult on the Internet than in an actual card club. So how would you have avoided them?

Well, it would have definitely been better to play low limit poker.

At the low limits that this book had covered, collusion would have been less likely than at higher limit poker games.

Most of the players had been at those sites just for fun or to win a little money.

If you had been the type of poker player who would have colluded, why would you have wasted your time in a low-limit game when you could have made real money cheating a higher limit poker game?