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Layoff Poker

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Aug 20, 2014


It’s a consummation devoutly to be wished: You hold pocket aces in late position, put in a good size raise at the first opportunity, like you should, and narrow the field to just two players. So far so good. You like the chances of your aces holding up. The flop comes 8-4-2 rainbow, a flop that seems safe enough, since your foes are unlikely to have called your good-size raise with 8-4, 8-2 or 4-2. Small sets are a possibility, of course, but when it’s checked to you and you bet and get called by just one — very straightforward — player, you can discount that possibility somewhat. You put your foe on a good eight or an overpair. You’re not scared, nor should you be. No monsters under the bed, at least so far. But here comes a 7 on the turn. Villain checks. You bet. He raises. Now ...

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