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Protection, it’s VERY Important!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Apr 02, 2014

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“Protection,” I hear it all the time at the poker table. In a mathematical context, what you’re really doing when you’re “protecting a hand” is decreasing the odds the pot is offering your opponents. Your “protection” may cause some of your opponents to fold, but some may still call the larger wager. Of course, sometimes it’s in your best interest for them to call the larger wager; sometimes it’s not. Part of playing poker well is computing what odds to offer your opponents, as well as timing your moves to your greatest advantage. And while no-limit offers greater variations of the price you can offer your opponents, it’s still a very important concept in limit games too. It was my big blind (BB) in a $40-$80 limit hold’em game on a Saturday afternoon at the Bellagio. Matt, a top local player, was winning every pot he played and was up ...


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