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

Learn how your opponents play

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Oct 30, 2009


In my last column, I continued the discussion of things you should do at the table to help you make better decisions. I used 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 selecting the best games. Let’s continue with the next bullet point. Learn how your opponents play: I like to view poker as a series of one-on-one confrontations. Each player is different and needs to be treated differently. You should attack weak players, but often play passively against overly aggressive ones. You should avoid tough players, but stretch to engage vulnerable ones. You should ...

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