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How to Begin a Session — Part VI

If possible, establish a positive image

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Dec 24, 2010

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In Part V 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 points No. 5 and No. 6; it discussed ways to start conservatively until you get a good feel for the styles and abilities of the players. There is another reason to play conservatively at the start of a session, and it’s covered by point No. 7: “If possible, establish a positive image.” This column will explore that task. I confess to having strong feelings about “table image,” ...


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