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I Think He Thunk Wrong!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Sep 19, 2012


When planning your strategy, think about what your opponent(s) are thinking. If your opponent thinks you are making the play you are executing, it loses much of its value. Your opponent will make the correct counter-play significantly more often than if he was unaware of your objective. Playing $40-$80 limit hold’em at Bellagio, a local regular opened with a raise two off the button and was called by another player on the button who was a calling machine both preflop and postflop. The small blind folded, and I peered down to the A 2 in the big blind and called. We took the flop three handed, $260 in the pot. I totally whiffed the flop which befell the 8 6 4. I checked, Mr. Raise-Opener checked behind me, as did Mr. Caller. The turn came the 8. I thought about betting as a bluff, with the possibility that I was ...

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