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Understanding Edge in Poker: Part II

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jan 22, 2014


In my previous column I discussed the edge concept and its application to your poker decisions. If you haven’t read it, please go to and read it before reading this column. It’s the most important concept in poker, and something you must understand to play well. Let’s continue. The edge concept is particularly valuable whenever you’re wondering whether to quit a game. Many players, even very good ones, base this decision on nominal results, quitting when they’re ahead or stuck a given amount. They focus on having a winning day or on not losing substantially. Their decision is based on emotion, on how they feel about winning and losing. But money is generated by betting with an edge. And the greater the volume of money bet with an edge the greater the number in your recurring expected value (EV) field. Whenever you play with a sufficient edge, you’re increasing ...

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