When we talk about pruning, chances are we will think of cutting something into small pieces, like cutting down a tree or cutting food.
Many years ago, when he was relatively young, the ice man often chopped up the blocks of ice behind his ice cart so that they could fit into our icebox.
But that is far from how we use the meaning at the poker table. In playing poker, we can trim the curtains and / or trim the pot. This is common in most casinos.
In a game of poker with curtains, such as the Texas hold’em cash game visit KaptenPoker, trimming the curtains is a practice that can take place when two curtains and it is possible that one other player is the one still in the pot after the preflop betting round, all other players already dirty their cards. Generally not allowed in competitions.
One of them is the player who is still in the pot generally asks, “Shall we cut?” If the others still agree, each player takes the chips back. One exception is if, in most casinos, the dealer will take a chip from the small-blind bet for the casino rake. And the next hand was immediately handed out – no time was wasted.
In some games, pruning is quite rare – especially in loose games. Players really want to see it doesn’t work. In tight games, it happens quite often. Recently, I was playing in a $ 4- $ 8 limit game at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Casino in Gardena, California, when we had 10 pieces on a watch. That’s awesome! But that’s what I saw.
Considering if about 30 hands were given / hour, that means 30% of the hands were chopped during that time. Wow! I have noticed that pruning often takes place in the morning – evening and early morning. And it happens often with players getting older (picnicking) in the game, as well as when several players have a small stack of chips in front of them.
Some of the deceptively skilled players often use this circumstance for the opportunity to take the curtains. If that player is on the final spot, as well as all the other players before he has brushed their hole cards, the raise will often win the blind bet. It is best to act with a minimum of normal hands when one of the enemy players has been overcome with a moderately strong hand – which meets the requirements of the Hold’em Algorithm. (See my book, Hold’em or Fold’em? – Algorithms for Making Key Assignments). Do not attempt to maneuver if the player is aggressive one of the blinds; You likely grew up. It can be expensive.
Some players may refuse to cut; and prefer to play short hands. The big problem with that is that if the casino rake and drop for the Bad-Beat Jackpot could result in the winning hand getting very few chips. Also, he may actually lose chips when the remaining players fold after he has made a continuation bet.
It’s hard to agree to pruning when you’re given a really strong hand. I’ve seen a player lazily agree to fold his pocket Aces. He showed his hand to all. And at that time Aces Cracked on the River got a big bonus. I feel sorry for him. Too bad. Pruning pots is not the same. In that case, two or more games have the same win. Furthermore, the dealer divides the pot evenly between them. Each additional chip is assigned to the player closest to the left side button.
The same is true when the board shows the best hand, apart from the hands of each player – as long as he can’t beat the board. It’s rare but it lasts. So now that you know all about pruning, use that to build your chip stack.