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Cold Calling: Part II

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Jun 24, 2015


Whether you play poker in brick and mortar venues or online, whether you play cash games or tournaments you face a never-ending series of decisions. Most good players have certain plays that they generally make. Knowing in advance what you will do in a certain situation simplifies playing many hands and allows you to save your mental effort for more unusual situations. This may not seem like a big deal, but when you play 12 hours in a tournament or multi-table in a cash game, playing some hands on autopilot becomes a necessity. These automatic plays are often referred to as default plays. This means that they are the normal play you make in this situation, unless there are some special, unusual considerations. For example, you are in the middle of a major tournament and pick up 7-2 offsuit in the cutoff. Everyone folds to you. Your default play is ...

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