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Betting the Worst Hand

Analyzing the different scenarios

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jul 01, 2010


I’d been getting my butt kicked for six hours straight, was stuck big-time, and was grumpy as hell. My $30-$60 limit hold’em game had some loose-aggressive players in it, as well as a few passive marginal players and several local pros. A woman playing in speedy mode opened with a raise from middle position. This lady is the type of player who varies her style by responding with her gut to emotions that are based on how she is running. When the cards are not running her way, she plays very tight, thinking she will save money while she waits out her unlucky streak; she is Ms. Wimpy. But when the deck is hitting her in the face — as it was during this session — she raises almost every hand, pushing her “rush” in an effort to maximize her good fortune; Ms. Speedy! Of course, cards often run in ...

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