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Head Games: How to Formulate a Plan and Extrapolate Maximum Intel From Every Hand During Tournament Play

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jul 24, 2013

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The Pros: Vanessa Selbst, Bertrand “ElKy” Grospellier, and Randal Flowers Craig Tapscott: What is the checklist that you go through in your head when evaluating and planning a strategy from the start of a hand to its conclusion? Vanessa Selbst: I don’t know that there’s necessarily a “checklist,” because the factors that determine how I’m going to play my hand vary so much from hand to hand. But I can at least discuss some of the things I think about. I’ll limit this to preflop since that’s where so many tournament decisions lie. First of all, if a weaker opponent comes in for a raise and we’re deep-stacked (I would consider deep-stacked 60 big blinds or more), I’m going to be looking for an excuse to play a hand. The less likely I am to see a squeeze, the more ability I have to call with a slightly weaker hand. So factors that I ...


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