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How to Begin a Session — Part II

Use your observation ability and detective skills

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Oct 29, 2010

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In my last column, I began a series on things that you should do when you start a session. We looked at the following list: 1. Don’t play right away. 2. Look for negative inferences. 3. Assess each player’s current state of mind. 4. Determine your table position. 5. Take fewer chances. 6. At no-limit, buy in for the minimum. 7. If possible, establish a positive image. 8. Decide which players to exploit and which to avoid. My last column covered point No. 1 and took a quick look at point No. 2. We now will continue with a deeper investigation of negative inferences. This topic is important primarily because many players do not understand it. They play a session for a few minutes, then get involved in a hand and later proclaim that they had no idea how the other guys played. I am not saying that after those ...


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