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TH10111
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Hey!

If anyone is interested I've written an ebook on the uses of the punch in Texas Hold'em, which is available at lybrary.com.
The book highlights a number of ways in which the punch may be employed; considering first the style of punch and then how the technique might be incorporated in each stage of game play.
Given that the marking system does not typically convey complete information, the book also includes a method of analysing which cards should be marked for a given situation.

The product summary is as follows...
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"This short ebook focuses on one of the most popular tactile card marking systems, in the context of Texas Hold'em Poker. Punch Work for Texas Hold'em begins by commenting on the history of the technique and detailing the numerous methods in which the marks can be created. Following this, how the marks can be utilised is explored from the perspective of each stage in standard Hold'em game procedure. The ebook then considers the ways in which these tactile marks can be varied to convey more information. Finally, given the ambiguity inherent in the way this marking system is commonly implemented, this work tackles the question of which cards should be punched. This is done through the proposition of a metric that measures the impact of this ambiguity. Furthermore, the analysis can be applied to any imperfect marking system."


I have also filmed a short video of me using the punch to deal a flush; the rhythm is far from perfect, but I think the concept is still valid.

And for those who like to make things, I put together an instructional video on the Peg Punch, which is a cheap way of making a punch device. The marks are bigger than that of a pin, making them easier to feel, and they also seem to last a bit longer in my experience (neither of these things are necessarily desirable in a game scenario, but for practice or for magicians then this might be useful).

Enjoy,

TH
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I like your homemade punch. Have you done anything with a bug for holding out?
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Thanks!

I can't say I've ever played around with bugs much.
But I do remember someone suggesting that something like this cable holder could be used for an under the table bug.
The nail can be forced into the underside of the table when you sit down, and the cards can be held out of sight between the plastic clip and the table.
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I think that might work thanks.
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Thanks to everyone who has purchased the book so far, I really hope you've got something out of it.

I have recently added some more results to the work, in the form of two addendums.
Those that have already purchased the book can simply download the latest version from lybrary.com.

Regards,

TH
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Personally I never used the punch except for amusement. Some time ago I did use black line work, for information, as opposed to for false dealing, in Hollywood Gin games. Still, I think this book sounds interesting.
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Hey Tommy,

There is only a small portion of the book that considers the punch with false dealing, the main focus is using the marks for information.
In fact, the results given would apply to blackline work as well, but for Hold'em rather than Hollywood Gin.

Out of curiosity, how did you use the blackline work in your game?
In Gin, I can see that knowing the melds being targeted by your opponents would be useful, so you can avoid them and also potentially refrain from laying down cards that may be useful to them.
But I don't see how typical blackline work is going to give a decent advantage, unless your opponent happens to be targeting the same meld as you AND those are the cards that are marked, which I assume doesn't happen that often? Or is it just this small edge that you were going for?
I'm not a Gin player, so maybe I'm missing something obvious, but would be interested to know Smile

TH
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