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I Lost The Pot, But I Learned Something!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Nov 01, 2012


Much is written about attaining small edges in hand versus hand poker situations. But much greater equity can be found in reading your opponents’, hand ranges and making plays based on those effective reads. Great players acquire much of their edge through this technique. It’s a major reason why when great players play in games where there is a great deal of parity in hand selection and basic strategy knowledge that they will still create a substantial edge. It was a tougher than average Tuesday afternoon $40-$80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio. A tight-passive opponent limped up front and was called by Danny, a solid, deep-thinking, well playing local pro. A tourist immediately behind Danny called, and it was folded to me in the small blind. Holding the A 6, I tossed in the extra $20. Mark Gregorich, an extremely tough local pro, knuckled in the big blind behind me, ...

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