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Developing Your Poker Style

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Dec 14, 2011


At all games, we tend to admire those brave players who take big risks and triumph. In poker, particularly, I am sure a lot of young up and coming players pick out some poker superstar and seek to emulate that person’s game: bet, raise, relentless aggression. Unfortunately, the star seems to hit whatever he needs to win, while the emulator has a lot of hard luck stories to tell. Should you try to imitate a champion’s play, or just go your own way? I think the first thing you should look at is the type of game you are in. Most of your champion-watching is probably a televised broadcast of the final table at a major tournament. In this setting, one faces quality opponents with a high ante structure. Quality opponents know how to fold, among other talents. It is no surprise that in such a setting we will see ...

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