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Shut them Out or Let them In?

by Roy Cooke |  Published: May 15, 2013

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Many poker pros overvalue aggression and nearly always try to fold their opponents, even when their opponents would be incorrect to call. It’s a fundamental of poker that you do better over time when your opponents make incorrect calls rather than fold. And your play should reflect that concept by not forcing your opponents to make correct laydowns. Of course, you need to be correct in your analysis and not assist your opponents into making correct calls. That’s frequently a massive expectation error. It was the first weekend of March Madness, a great time for poker in Las Vegas. Both bookies and basketball fans come in droves, with many tumbling from the adjoining sports book into the poker room. We Las Vegas poker players just hate when that happens. In a live $40-$80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio, an upfront limper was raised by an aggressive local pro. Two ...


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