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Throwing Out The Book

Playing In No-Limit Limpfests

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Sep 07, 2011

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This column is aimed primarily at low-stakes no-limit hold’em (NLH) cash-game players who recently switched from online to live play. If you’re one of them, then you’ve certainly seen the immense differences between the two. Sometimes it’s almost as if you are not playing the same game anymore. One problem many of the “switchers” have is that they played a very formulaic style online, multi-tabling and trying to make a tiny profit per hand. They used online tools to help them determine the right play in a given situation against a given opponent, and obviously those tools are not available in a card room. As a “switcher,” the first thing you have to do is throw out “the book.” Whatever system you used online, it won’t translate to live play at the same stakes. You still need to choose the right play for each situation, but now you must start ...


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