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He Got Good Value from Me...

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Oct 17, 2012


I’ve learned much through observation, both at and away from the poker table. At the table I observe plays and analyze the thought process the player likely went through. With some players, I’m never able to understand their thinking. With others, I both grow my knowledge of plays and ascertain how to read their future hands. I was in a solid Tuesday afternoon $40-$80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio. The field all folded to the small blind, an excellent local pro who raised my big blind. I looked down to the A 8. I mix up blind versus blind situations a lot, sometimes raising and sometimes flat calling. I disguise a lot of hands, flatting with some of my raising range and raising with a lot of non-standard raising hands. When I flat my opponents raise, I’m expecting my opponent to fire on the flop with 100 percent of ...

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