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A Battle for Information

by Daragh Thomas |  Published: Feb 01, 2010


At its heart, poker is a battle for information. One of the factors which needs to be taken into account before any action is taken is the information that is likely to be leaked by such an action. As a hand progresses, more and more information can be gleaned to the point where a good player can sometimes be confident about knowing his opponent’s hole cards. Unfortunately, sometimes, by the time you have enough information to accurately predict the strength of your opponent’s hand, it’s too late to deviate from your original course of action. Every poker player knows that sinking feeling as they call off the last of their chips to be shown a very strong hand by their opponent (importantly, it’s this fact that makes most of the discussion on taking coin flips in tournaments redundant, because by the time you reach the point that you have enough ...

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