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Five Traits of Winning No-Limit Hold’em Players

Develop them if you don’t have them

by Ed Miller |  Published: May 14, 2010


Every no-limit hold’em player wants to win money. Only a modest percentage of players, however, actually win over monthlong and yearlong time frames. What factors determine who wins and who doesn’t? One could come up with thousands of little differences between winners and non-winners. I tend to be more big picture-oriented, so in this column, I’ll present five broad traits that I see in winners that often are lacking in non-winners. Experience Experience is the most obvious trait, and it definitely matters a lot. I would never back a rank beginner in a no-limit game even if he had seven Ph.D. degrees from Stanford and had won the Nobel Prize in economics. There’s so much about no-limit that you can learn only by playing hands by the thousands. But raw experience isn’t the key. Plenty of players who have been playing for 10 years or more don’t win. And a ...

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