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Surviving a Tough Player on Your Left

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Oct 05, 2011


In the main event of the World Series of Poker, you’ll frequently spend the entire day at the same table. You need to be conscious of how your opponents play and what they think of you. You play the most pots with the players to your immediate left and right, so you should primarily be concerned with them. On day 5 of this year’s main event, I had the extremely talented Christian Harder on my immediate left. He didn’t start the day with many chips, but I knew he would be a threat if he ran up a stack. Sure enough, he nearly tripled his chips during the first level. It looked like I’d be stuck with him all day, so I formulated a plan for minimizing the damage that he could do. Position is valuable because you get information from your opponent’s actions. If you check, I can use ...

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