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It’s A People Game

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Aug 21, 2013


The correctness of a specific play depends upon your current opponent’s tendencies. Good players determine the correct poker tactic based on the propensity of their opponents reactions. Some players are profitable to liberally bluff, but with a perpetual calling station, bluffing might be suicidal. It all depends on how your opponent will react to your wager. The equation breaks down to the price the pot is laying you on the bluff versus the varying odds your specific opponent(s) will fold. The concept of adjusting to your opponent’s tendencies applies to many other plays too, including more complicated ones. It was mid-afternoon in a slow $40-$80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio. There was one loosey–goosey in the game, several top-quality pros and the rest were “wannabe” pros all playing their best. One top pro was having a stormy start to his day and was stuck about $3,000 in the first ...

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