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The Entanglements of Deceiving

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Oct 02, 2013


I play limit hold’em with many highly experienced, knowledgeable opponents who are also good hand readers. When they are in my pots, I utilize a lot of strategic deception. But knowing when to be deceptive and when to play your hand straightforwardly is something you need to fine tune to the situation. The expected value (EV) cost of the initial deception, the implied EV of the deception, and your opponents’ mode of thinking are all very important. Recently, I picked up K-K in early position during a $40-$80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio and raised to $80 preflop. A quality pro, one who’s aware I often play deceptively against him, especially heads-up, three-bet me. I knew Mr. Quality-Pro held a strong hand to three-bet my upfront raise. Calculating that he believed that I would soft-play a large wired pair, I four-bet, thinking that Mr. Quality-Pro would remove A-A and ...

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