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Learning to Read… Hands that is!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Dec 10, 2014


Years ago, I took up stud, never having played the game before. To learn, I sat next to a couple of experienced stud-playing friends several times and discussed the game’s ins and outs. I then proceeded to play in tough $75-150 stud games and I beat them pretty good. My limit hold’em skills easily transferred over to stud, albeit with a few minor adjustments. I assumed my transition to no-limit hold’em would be the same. I’d discuss the changeover with some excellent no-limit players, and, with my strong conceptual poker knowledge and skill sets from limit, I thought I’d move quickly through the learning process. It’s been much tougher than I expected. I overestimated my abilities and underestimated no-limit’s complexities. It’s an extremely complicated game, and very different from limit. My ability to read hands, a skill I easily transferred from limit-hold’em to stud, doesn’t transfer well to no-limit. And ...

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