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Hitting “Presto”

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jul 11, 2012


Good players figure out the odds of their hand in relationship to the price the pot is laying them and act accordingly. But thinking at a higher level, great players adjust their play based on the price their opponents’ hand range is receiving. Whenever you check, bet or raise you generate a proceeding that adjusts your opponents price as well as your own. And you want to adjust their price in accordance with your own best interests, making their play as unprofitable as you can while keeping your own pricing in mind. Situated in the big blind in a $40-80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio, Kevin, a solid-aggressive Hawaiian transplant to Las Vegas, opened with a raise in second position. He was called by a loose caller on the button, a solid player in the small blind, and I tossed in the $40 extra with the 5 5 or “Presto” ...

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