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

Play focused on the game, and count the pot

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Dec 25, 2009


This series focuses on things you can do at the table to improve your decisions. I have been discussing each item on the list below, extracted from my book Advanced Limit Hold’em Strategy. • 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 my last column, I explored situations involving advance planning. (All of my columns in this series are available at This column will focus on the next two points — play focused on the game, and count the pot. Play focused on the game: Let me tell you a ...

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