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Designing Plays According to Your Opponents’ Weaknesses

Designing Plays According to Your Opponents’ Weaknesses

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Oct 05, 2011


Good players create plays based on their opponents’ tendencies. They carefully observe their opponents, analyze the characteristics of their play, and structure their own plays that fit the combination of their opponents’ individual plays and the current situation. Some plays have no value against certain types of opponents, yet are highly valuable against different types. Good players ascertain the difference and make positive-value plays that average players can’t make. Saturday night at Bellagio, I was deep into playing a highly passive $40-$80 limit hold’em game. A loose-passive player limped up front, and I tossed in a bet from the cutoff position with the Q J. The button folded, and the small blind — an incredibly passive player who called often, yet seldom raised — raised the pot. In previous hands, he raised preflop only with big pairs or A-K. The big blind, the limper, and I all called, and we ...

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