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Hand Reading 101 The most important no-limit hold’em skill

by Ed Miller |  Published: Jun 29, 2011


Hand reading is the art of deducing the hands that your opponents hold. It’s the single most important no-limit hold’em skill. The better you are at it, the more money you will win. You can get a lot of the other stuff wrong — bet-sizing, preflop play, and so on — and still win if you can read hands better than anyone else. There are three things you need to do to become a good hand reader. First, you need to learn the hand-reading process. You read hands by using deductive reasoning. If you’ve ever won a game of Clue, you have what it takes to be a good no-limit hand reader. Second, you need to pay attention. Hand reading is information gathering. The more information you gather, the better your hand reading will be. Finally, you need experience. The more hands of no-limit you play, the more you’ll know ...

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