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The Number of Contending Players

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Jun 25, 2014


The number of players that contest a pot has a great influence on your poker decisions. Many more hands become playable when a high-volume pot of contenders is under way. However, I see many incorrect decisions to play a hand that should not be played no matter how many players are staying for the flop. So we will talk about good and bad reasons for entering a pot that has nearly all of the players staying for the first betting round. The first thing to look for in any situation when you consider playing a longshot must be how deep the money is. You want to win a bunch of chips when you do hit the flop, to compensate you for all the times you wind up with a hand that has a zero chance to win. So you want to have a goodly number of chips before backing a ...

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