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When The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jun 26, 2013

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I have learned much in my life through observation. When observing poker, I evaluate how my opponents think and feel. And while there is always something to be learned from everyone, the best strategy lessons come from watching good players. I try to learn from their wisdom and by unearthing their errors. Even the best make mistakes and when you find their weaknesses, analyze them for tactics to exploit them. It was Cinco de Mayo weekend and Las Vegas was “totally hoppin’.” The $40-$80 limit hold’em game contained a mixture of local pros and tourists. A tourist, sipping his umpteenth straight scotch and playing incredibly badly, open-limped upfront. He was called by two opponents; a local pro who had been losing heavily for several days, raised in the cutoff holding the A 10. The button and both blinds folded, and the field called the raise. They took the flop four ...


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