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Taming the Bully

Fighting back against him

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Mar 18, 2011


“Don’t let them push you around,” I jokingly told my highly aggressive poker buddy as he sat in the $40-$80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio. Meek, mild, and geeky-looking, his mentality is exactly the opposite of his appearance. His strategy is to play fast, push people around, rob every dollar that he can, eliminate players from the pot to increase his chances of winning it, confuse his opponents, and put them on tilt. His aggressive style changes the dynamics of any game he is in and requires adjustments, both psychologically and strategically, that many players can’t make. Of course, that is the advantage of being a poker bully. But if you adjust correctly, the bully will be tamed. If he doesn’t become tame, you will break him! Bullies raise too much, bet too often, and bluff too much. In short, they are overly aggressive. Some of them read hands very ...

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