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Know Your Foe

Your cards matter some; your enemies matter more

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Sep 18, 2009


One of the hardest things to do in no-limit Texas hold’em is to play hands when out of position. You lose out on information, the right of last action, the option of checking behind for free cards … so much. The problem isn’t so bad if your table is passive and you can play hit-to-win poker, taking inexpensive fliers on speculative hands (your suited connectors, your small pocket pairs) in hope of hitting well-disguised strength and letting the last-to-act crowd blindly bet into you. It’s different, though, when you’re facing just one or two foes, especially in raised pots, and especially if you know they’re likely to bet most flops. That’s why, before you get involved in reckless adventures, it’s crucial to know your foes, and know which ones are likely to put pressure on you on subsequent betting rounds. Good news: They’re easy enough to spot. Some preflop raisers ...

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