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Readin’ ‘Em, Holdin’ ‘Em, and Foldin’ ‘Em!

Readin’ ‘Em, Holdin’ ‘Em, and Foldin’ ‘Em!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Aug 24, 2011


“You’ve got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em,” as Kenny Rogers sang in “The Gambler.” But how do you know when to hold’em, and when to fold’em? Want to massacre poker? You’ll need to learn how to read hands well and effectively adjust your strategies based on those reads. To do that, you need to focus on how your opponents are playing, and then design strategies to counter their tendencies, exploiting any weaknesses you can unearth. Poker’s correct strategy changes drastically according to your opponents’ ranges of hands and tendencies. You play tight players differently than loose ones. Passive players require different strategies than aggressive players. Players who constantly check-raise should be played differently than players who seldom check-raise. Players who seldom bluff require different tactics than those who continuously bluff. Poker scenario variations are complex and nearly infinite. Possessing the skills to accurately read your opponents’ ...

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