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How to Begin a Session — Part V

Take fewer chances; at no-limit, buy in for the minimum

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Dec 10, 2010


In Part IV 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. That column covered point No. 4 by assessing how to develop a game plan based on your table position. This column will look at points No. 5 and No. 6. Take fewer chances: No matter how hard you work at observing the game, making appropriate negative inferences, and determining how each player is approaching the game, you can assume only so much before you have to put your money into action. ...

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