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Thinking a Move Ahead

Using a nonstandard play

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jan 07, 2011


Hands play out very differently based on the tendencies of your opponents. Effectively adjusting your strategies in accordance with those tendencies will increase your equity. Good players think moves ahead, and effectively plan their strategies based on their reads of how they will play. Of course, accurately reading how hands will play comes only from many years of experience. A maniac tourist was firing away in Bellagio’s $30-$60 limit hold’em game, playing most of his hands and raising most of the pots preflop, frequently in the dark. He was auto-firing on the flop with anything, as long as he didn’t feel threatened. Mr. Fast Action actually had significant poker experience and read hands reasonably well. But, he was on vacation, didn’t care about the money, and just wanted to drink and have fun gambling. And he was having lots of fun! He joyously put the game on total tilt. Many ...

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