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Maximizing Value

Maximizing Value

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Sep 07, 2011

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Poker is as much a game of people as it is a game of cards. Reading people, their thoughts, knowledge level, emotions, and tendencies will trigger better decisions regarding hand selection and betting strategies. Many players play down the importance of reading your opponent with respect to their betting strategies. However, basing your betting strategies on quality reads of the betting strategies of your opponent(s) increases your hand’s equity value. Quality reads not only increase the volume and equity of positive bets, they also enable you to protect vulnerable hands and create equitable bluffing situations. The expectation created by reading situations well and utilizing correct betting strategies based on those reads adds immense value to your end-of-year results. I was sweating a friend, “Mr. BigD,” as he played a hand in a $40-$80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio. An aggressive player opened the pot with a raise from two off ...


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