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A Tell

Analyzing an out-of-context tell

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: May 14, 2010


I am playing in a $30-$60 limit hold’em game at Bellagio during “March Madness,” the room is packed, and the action is fast and furious. I pick up red aces in middle position and raise an early-position, weak-playing limper. The big blind calls, as does the limper. After the Q 7 2 flop, both of them check to me, and I bet. The blind folds, and the limper check-raises. I’m confronted with this decision: Should I raise now, or wait for the turn? (I am assuming that I am ahead here. Of course, I may be trailing to a set or two pair; if I am, I will just have to lose more money later.) This is how to decide: If there are several players, reraise immediately. You want them to either pay a lot while they are in the hand or fold and leave their dead money in the ...

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