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Fighting Back

Strategies against a hyperaggressive opponent

by Ed Miller |  Published: Jul 24, 2009

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If you’ve played much no-limit hold’em, you’ve no doubt at some point run into a hyperaggressive player. This player is constantly betting and raising with little pretense of actually holding strong hands each time. In many games, a hyperaggressive player will thrive, because no one has the guts to fight back. He drags pot after pot as everyone else glumly waits for a huge hand. It’s OK if someone steals pot after pot from everyone else at the table, but not from you! You need to fight back. This column will tell you how to do it. First, I’ll cover two common mistakes that people make when they try to fight back, and then I’ll give you two tips for successful self-defense. Don’t Try to Hit a Flop Many players react to a hyperaggressive stealer by trying to hit a flop. They call preflop with the intention of folding if ...


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