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Card Player Pro -- Escaping Second-Best Hands

by Andrew Arnott |  Published: Oct 02, 2009


Game: 10¢-25¢ no-limit hold’em on PokerStars Opponent: Unknown, passive type of player My Stack: $25.95 Opponent’s Stack: $31.40 My Cards: J 9 My Position: Big blind One key to conquering small-stakes poker is learning to get away from second-best hands, especially when your opponent has made it clear that your hand is beat. The classic sign of a weak player is one who holds on to pocket aces too long, and calls a big river bet when all he can beat is a bluff. In a recent video that I did for Card Player Pro, I looked at several spots in which players should avoid the mistake of calling down with a second-best hand, and practice folding when they end up with a good but not great hand. In this hand, I was playing in a $25 no-limit hold’em ring game on PokerStars. Two players had limped in for 25¢, ...

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