Posted 11/6/2013 by Davida Mintz
Five-O-Poker gives serious players a look behind the cards that’s never before been offered. This app gives experienced players a surefire way to sharpen their skills. We love playing poker, but it’s not worth our time if we’re not constantly learning and improving. Five-O-Poker is a fast paced training regimen that forces your mind to concentrate on playing your perfect game.
How you will your game benefit from Five-O-Poker?
– Heightened mental clarity and focus
– Read the board better and faster than ever before
– Put your opponents on hand ranges more quickly and accurately
– Hand combinations become clear
How do you play?
Rather than using community cards, both you and a live opponent start with five cards, face up. Each subsequent card is dealt face up as well, and it’s up to you to compose the best five rows of hands.
Because all five rows must have the same number of cards before you can add a new one, you’re forced to think even further ahead to protect your best hands, and get stuck sacrificing draws at times. Whoever wins the most rows, gets the chips. But we’re not after chips. We’re here to master the game.
We delve into our first lesson with a quote from Ed Miller’s, “How to Read Hands at No Limit Hold’em.” “Hand reading is the single most important no-limit hold’em skill. If you can figure out what hands your opponents are likely to have, you will make consistently good decisions.”
Five-O-Poker puts you in the optimal position to work on your hand reading skills. I know of no other poker game where the cards are face up, apart from Open-Face Chinese Poker. You’re here to learn, so forfeit several rounds to your opponent, and pay close attention to how he plays his cards. Remember, all but the final row of cards is exposed. Profile your opponents and categorize them into player types. While your opponent will play every card, it won’t take long to pick up on the ranges he tends to favor, and what cards are consistently discarded as junk. It’s not a bad idea to ask him to play again to confirm your observations.
Some players start with only flushes in mind, not a bad strategy for this game, but definitely not the path to poker success. I’ve been stuck with a few inactive players, alive, but barely. Then there are the Rambo types who will run you over, then ask to play again double or nothing. I lost my whole stack to one when he suggested winner take all. Your game will move up a few notches if you take advantage of their aggression to analyze their play, read their ranges, and see if they show up with it consistently. When they do, happily hand over your chips. Five-O-Poker gives me plenty of new chips every time I take a beating. When I have the urge to crush my opponent and show him who the real poker player is, I remind myself this is a poker app, and there’s no money on the line.
Want to add to your winnings? Enjoy Five-O-Poker, but use it as a training tool with features that will enhance your poker playing abilities. Truth be told, I play it for fun sometimes.
When it comes to hand reading, Ed Miller has a list of rules. “The first, don’t assume your opponents play like you.” Just because you would never 3-bet 4-8 off, it doesn’t mean the player to your left just didn’t.” “ Rule number two: “Don’t assume your opponents know what you have.
In Part two of this review, I will cover how Five-O- Poker brings hand combinatorial analysis to a basic level.