Poker Coverage:


by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Jun 26, 2013


Much of poker is relatively straightforward. Bet or raise with good hands, check or call with mediocre hands, and fold bad hands. Players who do the reverse are playing what I call “anti-poker.” Mike Caro used the term “fancy play syndrome” to describe plays that are unnecessarily tricky. Someone who plays anti-poker might be considered to have a terminal case of fancy play syndrome. They combine consistently checking and calling with their best hands with betting and raising their worst hands. This is a losing strategy. In fact, after your opponents figure out what you are doing, it is a very big losing strategy. There are, however, times when anti-poker actually makes sense. Let’s examine one of these situations. Everyone is deep stacked in a no-limit hold’em game. It can be either a cash game or early in a tournament. One player limps, and you raise with A-K suited from ...

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