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Pricing the Peel

Think concepts through ahead of time

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jul 10, 2009


To peel or not to peel on the flop? It’s a question that frequently comes up in limit hold’em. The answer, of course, is: It depends! People tend to think of poker in an “if this, then that” kind of decision-making matrix, defined by the simplicity of its limited number of hands and the five poker actions — check, bet, call, raise, fold. After all, with only five choices, how complicated can it be? But there are literally millions of data points to be considered in the decision-making process, and only a moment in which to analyze the positives and negatives to determine the correct action. Quantifying when to take one off or to fold will add or subtract small edges to your expectation that will, over time, add up to significant expectation due to the frequency of the situation. Thinking the concepts through ahead of time will give you ...

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