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Head Games - Inside Information for Learning How to Become a Great Hand Reader

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Mar 18, 2011


The Pros: Christopher Klodnicki, Jamie Armstrong, and Scott Sitron Craig Tapscott: What do you think are the key elements in becoming a great hand reader? Christopher Klodnicki: The best way to become a great hand reader is to be observant. It’s important to pay close attention to your opponents’ bet-sizing, timing tells, and physical tells. In live poker, you play so few hands an hour that it can be very beneficial to pay attention to your opponents, even in the hands that you are not playing. You need to get a feel for how often an opponent continuation-bets, floats, raises light, and so on. Basically, reads are like putting together a puzzle. The picture will start to become clearer once you put a few pieces together, and the more information that you gather, the more pieces you will have to work with. Don’t try to put an opponent on a specific hand; ...

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