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The Meaning of Aggression

What’s passive, what’s aggressive, and what’s ultra-aggressive?

by Matt Matros |  Published: Jun 22, 2009

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When I’m watching the best no-limit hold’em players go about their business, I sometimes think to myself, “These guys are crazy!” The level of aggression that they’re willing to put into their games is often staggering. The best players will raise, reraise, and re-reraise with nothing if the situation warrants such action. I also do all of this, but I seem to do it a lot less often than some of the professionals whose games I respect. Imagine my surprise, then, when after I posted a training video for stoxpoker.com in which I played my usual style, a member commented that he loved my “ultra-aggressive approach.” I barely remembered playing any hands! Don’t get me wrong, I try to pick up more than my fair share of pots. But, ultra-aggressive? I had to go back and watch the video again to see what he might’ve been talking about. In doing ...


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