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How to Take Full Advantage of Bad Players

by Matt Matros |  Published: Jan 01, 2012

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Competing against strong poker players is fun, intellectually stimulating, and ultimately beneficial for your game in the long run. For all these reasons, it’s tempting to spend a ton of time thinking about how to handle tough spots against professionals. With what hands should you should be four-betting and five-betting them? Are you representing a balanced range? How can you stay one step ahead? It’s helpful, certainly, to have a well thought out game plan against good players. But the simple fact remains that most of the money you make in poker will come from bad players. “Sure Matt,” you might say, “but it’s easy to play against bad players. When I see one at the table I only have to count my blessings and wait for the money to flow to me.” What’s troubling is that you’re probably right. If you’re a regular reader of this magazine, it’s very ...


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