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How to Begin a Session — Part IV

Develop a game plan based on your table position

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Nov 26, 2010


In Part III of this series, I continued my discussion of 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. 3, assessing each player’s state of mind. (That column and all of my columns are available at We now will continue by looking at point No. 4, determining your table position. Actually, I have since determined that a better description for No. 4 would have been, “Develop a game plan based on your table position.” So, we will look at that topic here. Let’s ...

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