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Oh Leads Day 1B

Day 1b is done and we have our final 10 players. Young Oh is leading the pack with 604,000, which puts him atop both starting flights. The player known as DD had the chip lead ...

When the Board Is Paired

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Dec 12, 2012


Polarization: The basic idea of polarization is that there are certain situations in which a player must have a very strong hand or a very weak hand. For example, you bet and your opponent raises on the river. Presumably he would call with most intermediate hands. Therefore he is polarized. He either has a monster, probably the nuts, or a total bluff. Say the board includes three of a suit with no pair — Q 10 3 2 7, and you have a nine-high flush with 9 8. (Technically you have a Q-high flush, but in reality you will beat him unless he has a flush with one card higher than a nine.) You bet and your opponent raises. He almost certainly has the A. If he has another heart to go with it, he has the nuts. If he doesn’t have a second heart, then he is bluffing, and ...

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