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‘Easy’ Things to Do to Win at Poker — Part II

Select the best games

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Oct 16, 2009


In my last column, I began a discussion of things that you should do at the table to help you make better decisions. I provided the following list: • Pay more attention • Select the best games • Learn how your opponents play • Study betting patterns • Analyze every situation • Plan in advance • Play focused on the game • Count the pot • Compute the odds • Figure out how the play might go • Estimate what your opponents think you hold and how you should respond • Then, make a decision In that column, I discussed paying more attention. Here, I will continue with the next bullet point. Select the best games: Much has been written about game selection, some of it by me (“The Keys to Game Selection,” Card Player, April 25, 2007, available online at In this discussion, I want to focus on ...

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