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Head Games: Be Aware of Blockers and Card Removal Effects in Cash Games

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Feb 19, 2014

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The Pros: Matt Moore, Tristan Wade, and Andrew Lichtenberger Craig Tapscott: Share your understanding of being aware of blockers in cash games and how you use this knowledge to your advantage. Matt Moore: Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to hear the word “blockers” tossed around at almost any poker game from $1-$2-to-$50-$100 no-limit. I usually catch it from a recently felted player justifying a light call or bluff gone wrong. “But I had blockers,” are famous last words of far too many players leaving the Bellagio $10-$20 no-limit hold’em (NL). The most important thing I can teach you about blockers is… don’t worry about blockers.  Yes, I’m kidding, but only kind of. In almost any game you’ll play under $25-$50 no-limit, hand ranges won’t be balanced in a way where removing one card can have a great enough effect on your opponent’s range to adjust your read. Use your intuition, and ...


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