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Thinking Ahead

by David Apostolico |  Published: May 28, 2010


I contemplated whether or not I should even write this column, as I think the subject matter is relatively elementary. However, I’ve seen enough people make this mistake — including plenty of experienced players — that I became convinced that this column needed to be written. Keep in mind that this applies only to tournaments. The tipping point for me was the following hand: Player A, a very solid player, open-raises from middle position for three times the big blind. Player B calls from the big blind. The flop comes K-Q-2 rainbow. Player B checks. Player A bets the pot. Player B calls. The turn is a 5. Player B checks. Player A makes a bet of two-thirds the size of the pot. Player B calls. The river is an offsuit 8. Player B checks. Player A goes all in for his remaining chips, which is only about one-fourth of ...

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