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Dogging A-Q Offsuit

It’s easy to get emotionally involved with your hand

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Aug 21, 2009


You can’t consistently play junk and win against a knowledgeable field. You give up something when you play an inferior hand. However, if your play of hands on later streets is better than that of your opponents, you can make up your initial preflop disadvantage by outplaying them post-flop. Many novice or average players overrate hand selection, thinking that if they play just good hands, they will win over time. They tend to play few hands, but take them too far, calling far too often when the odds are incorrect. They extended their resources of patience and discipline in waiting to catch a big hand, and on an emotional level, they don’t want to let it go! This emotional response leaks a lot of value. I was sweating a $30-$60 limit hold’em game. A solid tourist raised to open the pot from two off the button. The button three-bet, and ...

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