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We Read it Differently

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Dec 12, 2012


Reading hands and applying your conclusions to your strategy is both an art and a science. The art comes from analyzing your opponents’ thoughts, knowledge, emotions and psychological preferences along with how those characteristics affect their poker decisions. It’s an equation that gets mighty complex at times, one that even the best players repeatedly get wrong. That said, stronger players by and large draw better conclusions than your average poker Joe. Comprehending and applying the correct concepts to reading hands and situations is one of the most important differences separating great from merely good players. It a skill you should continually work on if you want to take your game to a higher level. It was late afternoon at the $40-80 limit hold’em table at the Bellagio. A generally tight-passive woman bought the button, posting both blinds and thereby making herself the only blind. The field folded to a local ...

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