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Learning No-Limit From Scratch ­- Optimizing Their Fear

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Aug 19, 2015


Many no-limit players aren’t fully comfortable with the game’s big-bet aspect. Some buy-in short to avoid being placed in difficult decisions for a large pot. It’s a smart strategy if your big-bet decisions aren’t as sound as your opponents’ are. Others just “turtle up” and crawl into a shell when facing situations that can force them to end up playing for their stacks. They tend to be easily bluffed, particularly as the pot gets larger. Often no-limit games are inundated with this texture of opponent. Those games require adjusting your playing style to maximize your expected value (EV). The exploitable weakness is that they fold too much in large pots. Against these opponents, waiting for a big hand and having them call with an inferior one to obtain his stack will be prolonged drawn out agony. It ain’t likely to happen. And when it does, you might find yourself against ...

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