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Inducing Action With Deception

Added value to future hands

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Oct 30, 2009

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Poker is played with emotional and deliberating people. Their decisions, both present and future, count in your current poker equations. Making plays that induce future bad decisions from your opponents adds value to future hands that you will play. Sometimes that value is so great, it is worth making plays that have dreadful expectation because the lost value will be more than recouped by the increase of bad plays from your opponent in the future. Timing these plays to have the greatest effect on your opponents at the least cost to you in the way of lost equity will produce the greatest value. Labor Day weekend is a jammin’ time for poker in Las Vegas. I sat down in a $30-$60 limit hold’em game, posted in front of the button, and looked down to see the A 2. A tourist with whom I had never played before, who seemed uncomfortable ...


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