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Learning No-Limit From Scratch ­- Wrong Play, Right Time

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Dec 24, 2014


I’m part of a public poker group that discusses hands and strategy. It meets at 3 p.m. every Wednesday at Ricardo’s on Flamingo Blvd. in Las Vegas. The group contains several mid-level pros as well as many novices looking to learn the game. It’s a fun time swapping stories and tactics with a group dedicated to improving their game. Bob, the moderator, was playing $1-$2 and picked up 4 3 in the big blind. Everyone folded to the hijack, a new player to the game he had little information on, who raised it to $7. The small blind called and Bob tossed in the extra $5. Three players took the flop with $21 in the pot. The hijack and small blind were both $300 deep, and Bob had them covered. The preflop call was very questionable, though one I would make if I thought the hand had good implied odds ...

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