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Staying Within Your Means

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Sep 01, 2013


I used to play $5-$10 no-limit hold’em with a player we’ll call Harry who would always buy in for $2,000 thinking that the sheer number of chips would intimidate his opponents. Or maybe he wanted others to believe he was an action player. In reality, Harry was extremely tight, and hardly ever came close to going all-in. Only once did I ever see all of his chips go in, and that hand stuck in my mind for years. Several players limped for $10, including Harry in the small blind (SB), who had 7 6. The flop came 8 5 4, giving Harry the nut straight, and he checked. Everyone checked to an opponent we’ll call Sam, who held 9 7 for a flush draw and a gutshot, and he bet $40. Everyone folded to Harry, who check-raised to $120. Sam called. On the turn came the 10, and Harry bet ...

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