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Hand-Reading and Moving Up

Measuring your hand-reading skills

by Ed Miller |  Published: Sep 04, 2009


In my last column, I claimed that the two factors most cited in discussions of moving up, win rate and bankroll, don’t tell the whole story. If you’re thinking about moving up to a higher-stakes game, you also should consider some other factors. One consideration is your overall comfort level at your current stakes. You should be comfortable with the money, and you also should be comfortable with your opponents. One of the biggest keys to being comfortable against your opponents is having sharp hand-reading skills. In fact, you definitely should be able to hand-read better than your opponents before you consider moving up. This column is about trying to measure your hand-reading skills to see if they’re up to snuff. The Ultimate Hand-Reading Test — the River Hand-reading is important in every form of poker. This column will focus on no-limit hold’em, because it’s currently the most popular form ...

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