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Head Games: Increase Your Profits By Understanding the Concepts of Showdown Value and Flexible Bet Sizing

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Apr 02, 2014

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The Pros: Eric Lynch, Corwin Cole, Brian Rast, and Dusty Schmidt Craig Tapscott: Do you think players have fallen too deeply in love with the concept of showdown value, and if so, how is this causing them to pass up profitable opportunities? Eric Lynch: I definitely feel players in general don’t think outside the box often enough when it comes to creating value. Often times, once a player knows that a certain line or play is a profitable one, he will always take that line, and not even explore the idea that other lines could be more profitable depending on the situation and opponent. One simple example I use with students to illustrate this is if you hold aces preflop 100 big blinds (BB) deep. I think even the most basic poker player understands that you would be better off making a standard raise than an open shove in this ...


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