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Using Hand Ranges to Read Hands

The best hand-reading method

by Ed Miller |  Published: Dec 25, 2009

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Reading hands is a critical poker skill. The better you can key in on the sort of hands your opponents have, the better decisions you will make, and the better your results will be. Most players use some sort of hand-reading process to inform their decisions. But, not all hand-reading processes are equally good. Many of them are hit-or-miss, leading the practitioners to make occasional brilliant plays, but perhaps even more often, leading them astray. These hit-or-miss systems often have something in common: They focus quickly on one (or a few) possible holding to the exclusion of other possibilities. You may have listened to someone relate a hand story to you that goes like this: “Well, he raised preflop and I called with 6-6. The flop was Q-10-7, but I put him on A-K, so I decided to call him down unless another big card came.” The problem with this ...


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