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Avoiding Trouble

A few instructive examples

by Ed Miller |  Published: Sep 17, 2010


In a no-limit hold’em session, you’ll probably find yourself in trouble at least once. Trouble means that an opponent has made a large bet or raise, and you don’t know what to do. Your hand isn’t so good that you’re beating your opponent into the pot, and it isn’t so bad that it’s an easy fold. Getting into trouble is bad for your bottom line. Typically, these are lose-lose situations. If you call, you’ll lose more often than not. But if you fold, you obviously lose the pot. Getting into some trouble is unavoidable, but many players get themselves into too much trouble by making ill-conceived bets or calls early in a hand. I’ll present a few examples in which players get into trouble, and I’ll discuss what, if anything, they could have done to avoid it. The examples (except as noted) are from $1-$2 games with $200 stacks. Hand ...

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