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Generation Next -- Ben Tollerene

Ben Tollerene Handcuffs Opponents by Profiling Their Behavior

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Aug 20, 2010


Ben Tollerene analyzes opponents at the poker table like an FBI criminal profiler, gathering bits and pieces of information to understand an opponent’s personality and predict his future actions. He knows that as a tournament field shrinks, you are constantly being introduced to new tables and new players. Being armed with as much information as possible enables you to attack when prudent and retreat when necessary, maintaining an enlightened balance between aggression and survival. “You can’t play a hand well without a read,” said Tollerene. “You have to immediately profile each opponent in order to obtain one. And you are better off using a generalized read than nothing at all. I know how to evaluate a kid at the table who’s wearing a hoodie and a diamond watch. I can immediately pick up on the older men who will never bluff me and are playing purely for value. And, of ...

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