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Becoming A Tricky Player

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: May 30, 2012

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Steve ZolotowSome opponents are easy to play against. Some are not. If you want to be one of those who are tough to play against you must do two things. First, you must play different hands the same way. Second, you must play the same hand different ways. What does this mean? Number one means that you must occasionally play a hand like A-K suited the same way as you play a completely different hand, say a pair of fives. Number two means that you will play the same hand, say A-K suited in the same situation and sometimes raise or re-raise, but at other times just limp or call. Doing these two things will make you a tricky player. You will be hard to read. Your opponents will be confused and make mistakes. Now let’s examine a specific situation and see how this is done.

Here is the situation: In a cash game (or early stage of a tournament) everyone’s stack is fairly deep (everyone has at 100 big blinds.) For this example, I’ll use a $5-$10 cash game with stacks of at least $1000. After 2 players fold, the next player raises to $35 and one player limps. You are on the button. Here are some different hands you might have:


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