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Raising Weak

by Roy Cooke |  Published: May 02, 2012

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Conventional wisdom states that solid play of solid cards gets the money. And the conventional wisdom is typically correct as long as your opponents are playing excessively loose. It’s not all that intellectually demanding to play limit poker at a solid level. At that level, poker becomes mostly a contest of set strategies, patience, emotional stability and discipline. But as you move up into tougher games, most of your opponents understand solid strategies and have developed counter-strategies to exploit those strategies. If you’re playing tough games, you must expand your own game to include creative plays designed to counter the counter-strategies. That’s where you’ll acquire a lot of your edge. Deep into a $40-80 limit hold’em session at Bellagio, I peered down at the 9 8 on the button. One loose-passive player was the only caller. Sometimes I raise with suited connectors in short-handed situations when I feel the value ...


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