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Four Plays That Bad No-Limit Hold’em Players Make

Re-examine your play

by Ed Miller |  Published: May 24, 2011

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Bad no-limit hold’em players abound. In this column, I’m going to catalog four bad plays that bad players love to make. Bad Play No. 1: Make bets and raises that are too small This one is nearly universal for bad small-stakes no-limit hold’em players. Their bets and raises just aren’t big enough. In isolation, a small bet isn’t necessarily a bad play. But if nearly all of your bets and raises are small, you won’t be competitive with players who make larger bets. You don’t make enough money on your big hands. Consider this example. It’s a $2-$5 game with $500 stacks. A bad player limps in. A regular raises to $25 from the button. The big blind and the bad player call. There’s $77 in the pot with $475 behind. The flop comes K♦ 7♦ 4♣. The big blind checks, and the bad player bets $20. The regular calls, ...


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