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Assuming Too Much Risk!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Nov 27, 2013


Sometimes I can’t believe how stupid I can be! On occasion, I make mistakes when I obviously know better. I retain my self-image by justifying that smart people sometimes do stupid things. Of course, I may just be deceiving myself on multiple levels. In a $20-$40 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio, a fast-action local opened with a raise two off the button. On the button, I peered down to the K 10. I tend to three-bet less with the button because part of the value of raising in late position is that you often acquire the “button” by folding players behind you. Additionally, K 10 is a volume-friendly hand that plays better with multiple opponents. I’m also inclined to reraise aggressive players less. I find that flat calling and letting in additional opponents reduces an aggressive player’s value of aggression, as that value goes down with additional opponents. If ...

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