Posted 02 May 2006 - 12:38 AM
Smooth and rough differentiate between the other cards in a lowball hand besides the highest card. The smooth hand is better.For example, comparing ten-low hands in 2-7, the smoothest ten-low hand you could have is T-5-4-3-2, while the roughest hand you could have is T-9-8-7-5. T-7-5-3-2 would be smoother than T-8-7-5-4. Rough means that the cards are bunched toward the high card in your hand, while smooth is the opposite.So, let's assume that you call. Either Gus will call, or he won't.If Gus doesn't call, then Eli will either draw or not draw cards. The all-in push likely signifies a pat hand or very strong draw here that wants to isolate. I've never played, but theoretically, I think this move could be made with something like a very smooth jack or ten, where you try to win the pot right there, but if you get callled and your opponent stands pat, you go for your draw. If Eli is called, I think he might stand pat with a nine but break a ten-low, in which case Daniel should draw one if Eli stands pat, but stand pat if Eli draws one. There's probably enough dead money in pot in this scenario for both players to make an overall profit, but I'm just guessing.If Gus does call, this can be broken down into four scenarios. Gus and Eli both stand pat, both draw, Gus stands pat and Eli draws, or Gus draws and Eli stands pat.If both players stand pat, a very rough nine isn't looking so good, and a drw to a rough eight doesn't seem so hot either, so Daniel might chase the miracle two-card draw to a 7-4-3. If both players draw, Daniel should obviously stand pat, especially since they are probably drawing to better hands and hold some of his outs.It gets murkier if one opponent draws and the the stands pat. Calling in late position is a sign that Daniel has a potential pat hand, so someone standing pat either has a better hand, or has a somewhat worse hand, trying to induce Daniel to break a better hand. In the first case, you are probably against a better pat hand and a better draw. I'm not sure what to do in the latter case.The more likely that Gus is to fold, the more appropriate it is to call. The more likely that Gus is to hold a pat hand, the more appropriate it is to fold. He may be loose, but how loose is he UTG vs. an eight-handed table?