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How to Begin a Session — Part I

Don’t play right away, and look for negative inferences

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Oct 15, 2010


Recently, I was honored to be chosen to deliver the banquet speech for the BARGE convention in Las Vegas. BARGE is a gathering of knowledgeable and friendly gamblers who come together each August to play some tournaments and have general gaming (and other) fun. The ham in me loves doing speeches, seminars, and presentations. My topic was, “Some Poker Things You Should Always Do.” Since poker is almost entirely situational, I thought it would be interesting to find some “alwayses” to discuss. The first topic discussed was how to start a session. I advocate caution in all things at the beginning of each new session, regardless of how often you play with the same gang. For this series of columns, I will elaborate on my points about this topic. Here are the things that you should do when you sit down to a new session or table: 1. Don’t play ...

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