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A Simple Play

by Ed Miller |  Published: Oct 15, 2014


Here’s a play that works in live games. It’s one I use frequently when the opportunity arises. It couldn’t be easier, and if you pick your spot and opponent with some small measure of savvy, it shows an automatic profit. It’s a play made from the blinds against a steal raise. The steal raise could be someone opening from the cutoff or button with a wide range of hands. Or it could be an isolation raise that aggressive, pro-like players make after a limper or two. For the purpose of this article, let’s assume you’re up against the isolation raise. Say you’re playing $2-$5 no-limit hold’em with $1,000 stacks. There’s a limper, and then an aggressive player makes it $25 on the button. You make it $75 to go from either the small or big blind. The limper calls and the pro-like player calls. The flop comes. You bet $80, ...

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