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Why You Can’t Beat Low-limit Games: Plan Your Strategy

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Apr 01, 2015


The first parts of this series proved that low-limit games’ costs are so high that you can’t win without a huge edge over your opponents. You need lots of information to get that edge, and recent columns told you how to get it. This one discusses four planning steps that will increase your edge: Write strategic plans. Avoid tough players. Attack easy players. Reduce deception. Write Strategic Plans. Hardly anyone – even very serious players – writes strategic plans for low-limit games. Some top pros make them, but you may believe they’re unnecessary for small games against weak players. That’s one reason you can’t beat these games. No matter how smart you are, you can’t plan well while playing because: (1) The strategies you’ve read don’t fit these games; (2) You don’t have enough time to think strategically; and (3) You naturally focus on your immediate decisions, not your overall ...

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