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Learning No-Limit From Scratch ­- Getting Maximum Value

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Mar 18, 2015


In both limit hold’em and no-limit hold’em, it’s important to maximize your hand’s value. In no-limit hold’em, getting the best value usually requires significantly more judgment and generally makes you assume more risk. It’s great to get three streets of value, but attempting that can also bloat the pot and put you at risk of getting pushed off a marginal hand or getting trapped for your stack. There are situations to attempt it and times not to do so. Correctly judging when to assume those risks can acquire large positive expectation bets, judge it incorrectly, you’re likely to step in deep doo-doo. I was playing a nine-handed $2-$5 no-limit hold’em game at the Venetian, about $700 deep. There were several knowledge-deficient players to my left who were calling loosely, both preflop and post-flop. I picked up A J in early position and raised to $15. Two of the loose players, ...

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