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Playing Big Hands in No-Limit Hold’em

Vary your play

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Jun 22, 2009


It is lovely to flop the nuts. Players like to joke that the most important thing is to get the hand, as if it does not matter that much how you play it. I agree that the premise is right — but the corollary is wrong. It matters a lot how you play your monster hands. The second-most important thing is also pretty much beyond your control: against whom you hold your hand. Naturally, when holding the nuts, you prefer to be facing Aggressive Al rather than Pussycat Pat. But doing those things right that you do have control over will still make a big difference in your bankroll. One thing you should avoid is being too predictable. One of my favorite types of opponents is the player who prefers to play what I call “reverse poker” — betting when weak or moderate in strength and checking when strong. This ...

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