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Learning No-Limit From Scratch - Great Play, Sucky Result!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jan 07, 2015


All poker is situation-specific, no-limit more than limit. In no-limit you can creatively design more exploitive plays. The equity gained from designing effective plays exploiting your opponents’ tendencies can be substantial when either the bets or the expected value (EV) from the play is large. Taking the time to think through your opponents’ thought processes and how you can exploit those thoughts will reap you great rewards. I’d been playing $2-$5 at the Venetian for several hours and was $440 deep. The game was aggressive, several young pros, sitting three in a row, were extensively pushing preflop, seizing every reasonable opportunity to “squeeze.” By “squeeze,” I mean preflop raising a situation in which you are taking a marginal or weak hand and making a significant bet in the hopes of immediately folding out all your opponents. A splashy, aggressive, and poor player who had me covered opened for $20 from ...

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