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“The second liar never has a chance.”

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Feb 18, 2011


There’s a saying where I come from (a place where I make up all the sayings): “The second liar never has a chance.” In this column, we’re going to examine how we can use this truth about lying to our advantage when defending our blinds. Conventional wisdom has it that position is critically important in no-limit hold’em, and that the later your position is, the better off you are. For the most part, this insight is right on. There are times, however, when position is irrelevant — times, in fact, that early position can come to your aid in stealing pots that would not otherwise be yours. Consider this example: In a typical low buy-in, capped buy-in no-limit hold’em game, you find yourself in the big blind with … well, for the sake of conversation, we’ll give you something really awful, the Numpty, 6-2 suited, if only to demonstrate that ...

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