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Chances Are: Part X: Big Laydowns

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Dec 25, 2013

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The Battle of the Billys Poker is very situational, and there are many situations in which you must throw the math out the window and focus on what is actually happening at the table. This leads to the topic of making big laydowns. When you fold a hand that will beat almost every hand your opponent can hold, you are making a big laydown. It may seem almost mathematically insane to fold a hand that can beat 99 percent of the random hands your opponent might hold. But the betting action, physical tells and situation make it clear that your opponent’s hand isn’t random. In fact, you eventually come to the conclusion that he has exactly one of those few hands that can beat you. In its early days the World Series of Poker was a very different event from the behemoth it is today. It was run for publicity ...


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