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There are currently only 99 players remaining from the 241 entries here on day 1C. Play will conclude for the night when the field gets trimmed to the final 60 players. Those who make it ...

Damn, He Check-Raised Me!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Apr 16, 2014


Play poker and you’re going to get check-raised. If you play quality opponents, it will happen often. How to effectively counter the check-raise is largely based on your opponents’ tendencies. The fact that check-raising is both widespread, and the range of circumstances substantial, makes your counterstrategy both tricky and very important to your overall results. In the cutoff in a tight afternoon $40-$80 at the Bellagio, I looked down to the K 8 and open-raised, hoping to pick up the blinds. With that texture of holding, much of the equity of my raise comes from picking up the blinds uncontested. The value of winning the $60 is greater equity that I’m generally going to obtain if I get called. The steal didn’t work; the big blind (BB), an aggressive quality-thinking pro, called me. Now I was going to have to win the pot the old–fashioned way, by earning it! The ...

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