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Creative Reasoning

Adding value to your game

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Apr 29, 2011


Designing inventive positive-expectation plays based on the situation at hand can substantially increase your poker profits. Of course, it has to be the right play in the right situation. To be skillful at creating plays, you need to comprehend poker situations, read hands well, relate to your opponents’ thoughts, and clearly understand the game conceptually. I limped in from under the gun with the 10♥ 9♥ in a mostly loose-passive $40-$80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio one Saturday night. I play medium suited connectors from up front when I think I can get significant volume and a low entry price. Of course, it’s only a best-guess play, and I had concerns about being raised, particularly by the button, who was the only very loose-aggressive player in the game. But even if the pot was raised, I knew that with so many loose-passive players, I would generally still get a reasonable ...

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