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Encyclopedia > Protection (poker)

In poker, one of the motives for betting or raising is to give your hand protection, which means to encourage opponents to fold a drawing hand that might otherwise improve to the best hand. A player generally protects made hands perceived vulnerable to an opponent's drawing hand. A protection play differs from a bluff in that the bluff can win only when the opponent folds, while protection bet is made with a hand that is likely to win a showdown, but isn't strong enough for slow playing. A game of Texas hold em in progress. ... One is said to be drawing in a poker game if one has a hand that is incomplete and needs further cards to become valuable. ... In poker, a made hand is one that does not need improvement to win, in contrast to a drawing hand. ... // In the card game of poker, to bluff is to bet or raise with an inferior hand, or with a hand believed to be inferior. ... // Slow playing (also called sandbagging or trapping) is deceptive play in poker that is roughly the opposite of bluffing: betting weakly or passively with a strong holding rather than betting aggressively with a weak one. ...


The importance of protection increases when there are multiple opponents. For example, if a hand is presently the best, but each of four opponents has a 1-in-6 chance of drawing an out, the four opponents combined become the favorite to win, even though each one is individually an underdog. With a protection bet, some or all of them may fold, leaving fewer opponents and a better chance of winning.


The term protection is also often heard in the context of an all-in player (see poker table stakes rules). A bet by an opponent serves to protect the all-in player by reducing the number of opponents the all-in player must beat. To deliberately make such a bet solely to protect another player's hand constitutes collusion. The game of poker as played today requires that players agree before play on allowable amounts for betting (called limits), and the use and amount of forced bets. ... Let us define cheating as any behavior outside the rules intended to give an unfair advantage to one or more players. ...


A player may also be said to "protect" his or her cards by placing an object like a specialty chip or miniature figure upon them. This prevents the player from having his cards accidentally collected by the dealer or being fouled by other players' discards. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


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Forte Poker Interview (2195 words)
POKER PROTECTION was written for the poker industry, to include authors, players, operators, bosses, dealers or anyone involved with the security fields.
The poker world was exploding and I had numerous requests to publish the poker chapter in CGP under separate title.
Steve Forte: As with CGP, Poker Protection was not written for sleight-of-hand enthusiasts, but for those who may not be familiar with moves like the 'push-through,' or terms like the 'greek deal,' 'touch work,' or 'beanshooter.' In any comprehensive study, one must necessarily address some of the basics of that topic.
Protection (poker) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (292 words)
In poker, one of the motives for betting or raising is to give your hand protection, which means to encourage opponents to fold a drawing hand that might otherwise improve to beat yours.
The term protection is also often heard in the context of an all-in player (see poker table stakes rules), because a bet by any player serves to protect the hand of an all-in player just as it protects the bettor (and possibly more so).
A player may also be said to "protect" his or her cards by placing an object like a specialty chip or miniature figure upon them.
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