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Protecting My Weak Hand

Manipulating opponents

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Oct 16, 2009


It is important in limit hold’em to have the judgment and ability to manipulate your opponents into calling when you want them to call, and folding when you want them to fold. When your opponents are correct in calling you based on your respective hands and the implied pot size (the size to which the pot is likely to grow), you will win more in the long run if they fold. Likewise, when your opponents are incorrect in calling, you will do better in the long run if they call. Of course, sometimes you induce a call when you have the best of it, and they suck out — but that doesn’t change the fact that it was the correct play. An important tool in manipulating your opponents into calling or folding when you want them to is knowing when to check-raise and when to lead out when acting from ...

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