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Measuring Your Bets

by David Apostolico |  Published: Oct 30, 2009


I received an e-mail from a friend who was having a string of tough luck, and he outlined all of the coolers he had been dealt. One hand, however, caught my attention, as I thought it deserved a lot more attention than just being attributed to bad luck. Here’s a summary of the situation: Our hero has pocket tens in the cutoff. The blinds are $100-$200 with a $25 ante. There are three limpers before the action gets to our friend. He raises to $600. Both the small blind and an early-position limper call. The three of them see the flop, which comes 9-4-3 rainbow. After two checks, our hard-luck player bets $1,200. The small blind calls, and the other opponent goes all in. He has about $1,300 on top. Our friend calls the $1,300 more, and now the small blind goes all in behind him for another $2,500. If ...

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