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Playing a Hand Passively

Aggression is not always the best play

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Nov 12, 2010


Aggression is part of any good limit hold’em player’s weaponry. That said, even many very good players overutilize their aggressive plays. Some players virtually never call an opening bet, never flat-call a raise from the small-blind position, or never flat-call behind an opening raiser when they have position. While these plays are often correct, there are times when they are not the best play. Great players are selective in their aggression. They analyze the situation, determine the value of aggression, and select the best play. I was playing $30-$60 limit hold’em on a Friday afternoon. The weekend tourist crowd had not yet arrived, and most of the players were weak-tight locals. The field folded to a weak-tight woman with whom I had played a significant amount of poker. She raised from the cutoff position, and the button folded. I was in the small blind with the J♠ 10♠. I thought ...

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