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Naked Aces

An ace with a bad kicker

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Apr 15, 2011

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Sometimes, in the noise and confusion of today’s modern poker vocabulary — your awkward stack sizes, non-exploitable shoves, light four-betting, and so on — it’s easy to lose the forest in the conceptual trees. It’s not that the modern vocabulary’s not worth knowing; heck, even someone as old school as I can ICM (Independent Chip Model) with the best of them (if the best of them are satisfied to have only a rudimentary grasp of the concept). But like my grandmother used to say, “You have to learn to walk before you can pitch forward on your face.” No matter how rarefied the air of poker thought becomes, fundamentals will always matter. You can talk range merging and +EV [positive expected value] plays till you’re blue in the face, but if you still play garbage hands out of position, you can still expect to lose. So, for the sake of ...


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