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Donking Another One

Risk versus reward

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Sep 03, 2010


In limit poker, once the pots get big, taking small extra chances to win a pot has great value. Good hand readers have the ability to design plays that create enormous expectation when they can identify opportunities in which they can move their opponents off superior hands. In some cases, the “move play” can be almost assured to work. Sometimes the expectation is not as great, but it is often still positive when you can move your opponent off only a small portion of his range. In limit poker, plays that are a significant underdog to work can have positive expectation due to a favorable risk/reward ratio. That is, you take a small risk that can produce a large gain. Even if it works only a small percentage of the time, it can still have positive EV [expected value]. I was playing $30-$60 limit hold’em at Bellagio, and an aggressive ...

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