Not Getting The Max
by Roy Cooke | Published: Sep 18, 2013
Poker is not just about patiently waiting for good starting hands that have a greater chance to win; it’s also about maximizing the value of the hands you play by playing them in a manner that gives you the greatest edge. That extra value will influence your edge substantially. And getting the biggest edge possible over time is what will make you a poker star. It was Saturday afternoon; the $40-$80 limit hold’em game was a mix of tourists and local pros. A solid tourist open raised to $80 and was smooth called by two opponents. I peeked down at the 8 8 in the small blind (SB), and tossed in the additional $60. The big blind (BB) flipped in $40 and we took the flop five handed for $80, $400 in the pot. The flop came down A A 4, not a favorable flop for my hand. Any ace ...
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