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Mining Your Opponents’ Thoughts

A great skill to possess

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Apr 15, 2011


Some players have tight hand ranges, making them easy to read. Good poker players know this, and adjust their strategies to prevent being read. But excellent poker players are also knowledgeable and intelligent. And while their hand ranges can be tough to read, their thoughts make logical sense based on their level of knowledge, and therefore can be read. Great players adjust their strategies based on their understanding of their opponents’ knowledge and thoughts. They make plays against experts that they wouldn’t make against weaker players. In second position in an eight-handed $40-$80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio, I opened with a raise with the K♥ J♥. A woman tourist sitting immediately to my left called, as did another tourist on the button. Both tended to call raises with a wider-than-correct range of hands. Nonetheless, both probably held hands of reasonable quality. A local pro in the big blind, who ...

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