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Shooting at Their Range

Know why you are betting

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Feb 05, 2010


When you make a wager, you usually are hoping that either a better hand folds often enough to make the bet worth it or a worse hand calls often enough to make up for the times that you are called or raised by a better hand or get bluff-raised out of the pot. Quantifying poker situations accurately enough to make these types of determinations takes a great deal of knowledge, reading ability, and feel. When you can actualize these equations with a reasonable degree of accuracy, you’ve taken a huge step toward playing the game on a professional level. It was Thanksgiving weekend at Bellagio, a weekend when the games are great. The $30-$60 limit hold’em game I was in was hopping. A loose tourist limped in from up front, and two limpers flat-called behind him. In the small blind, I looked down at the 6 5 and tossed in ...

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