Some Have It, Some Don’t
by Dusty Schmidt | Published: Jun 27, 2012
“The secret to successful poker is being aggressive!” Once poker commentators began spouting this off on ESPN, it became much less of a secret. Still, there was a lot of truth to this statement. If you take a typical recreational player, the quickest way to make them stop losing is to say, “Bet when you have it. Fold when you don’t.” Easy game, no? Well, no. The secret here is knowing what exactly “it” is. Properly applying aggression is integral to playing winning poker. When it comes to value betting, it’s critical to know whether you’re ahead of your opponent’s calling range. This requires judgment and experience. When it comes to bluffing, you need to correctly assess how often your opponent will fold and compare that to the odds you’re getting on a bet. So yes, be aggressive when it’s your most profitable option. But knowing that betting is profitable ...
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