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Which Help Should You Get?

Seeing “monsters under the bed”

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Feb 18, 2011

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You may need help against “monsters under the bed,” but not admit or even realize it. Lee Jones, author of Winning Low-Limit Hold’em, and his friend Roy Hashimoto said, “Don’t let MUTB [monsters under the bed] slow you down when you’re probably ahead.” “Scared with Aces” asked for my help: “Over the past few months, I’ve developed a ‘monsters under the bed’ mentality. I play soundly, with mostly premium hands, but feel that every card that hits could hurt me. “Unless it’s the most innocuous possible card, I start thinking of how I can be behind. I get brave enough to press the action only when I have almost a lock. How can I adjust my thinking?” Because he requested help, he is way ahead of anyone who sees those monsters but won’t admit it. To protect their egos, many players rationalize checking when they should bet, or calling when ...


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