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Avoiding the Trap

Accurately assessing your hand’s value

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Dec 24, 2010


Accurately assessing your hand’s value in marginal drawing situations in limit hold’em will establish whether you should continue or fold. To effectively quantify this, you must be able to correctly read your opponent’s range of hands, assess how the different scenarios will play out on the texture of the board, and accurately estimate the effective odds of continuing. That’s not even easy to say, let alone do! I was at Bellagio, in middle position with the J♦ 10♦ in a $30-$60 limit hold’em game. That’s a good hand, but not a great one. Many players highly overrate it. Some have even told me it’s the best starting hand. But while it is capable of making many big hands, it also tends to make many troubling second-best hands, which devalues it greatly. If you always play J-10 suited and can’t read situations well enough to get away from it when necessary, ...

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