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Playing the Small Pots

Maintain your focus

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Oct 01, 2010


Good poker players adjust their strategies based on weaknesses that they observe in their opponents. And they work constantly to identify and think of ways to exploit those weaknesses. By designing and executing effective plays that exploit their opponents’ weaknesses, they implement more positive-expectation plays than their opponents who are playing in an “autopilot” manner do. The greater the volume of money wagered with a positive expectation, the higher the level of expectation. That translates into a higher hourly win rate, which translates into more money in your pocket. And that’s a fine place for money! We had just started a $30-$60 limit hold’em game at Bellagio, and everyone was playing cautiously. A very tight, unimaginative player limped in from up front, and the field folded to me in the small blind; I was holding the 8 5. With a two-chip, three-chip blinds structure, and getting 8-1 pot odds, it ...

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