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Learning No-Limit From Scratch ­- Folding Your Opponent’s Equity

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Sep 02, 2015

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Many players think there are only two reasons to bet, to make a worse hand call or to make a better hand fold. But there are other reasons to bet, one often-overlooked reason frequently occurs—betting to fold out your opponent’s equity. You think you have the best hand, though it’s a marginal one. Additionally, you know that if you bet, it’s likely only a better hand will call you, though that’s a small portion of your opponents’ range. Nevertheless, assuming he folds, betting will deny your opponent any equity in the pot as well as any future implied odds. Some poker theorists recommend betting strong hands for value, checking your mediocre strength hands, and bluffing or semibluffing with your hands that don’t possess showdown value. However, when you check the best hand and give a free card to an opponent who would have folded had you bet, you are allowing ...


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