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Skipping Hands

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Nov 11, 2015


I recently traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey for a World Poker Tour event at Borgata and I was shocked at how many players were willing to voluntarily miss numerous hands at the table, presumably to go on a smoke break, go to the bathroom, or try to get off tilt after a tough loss. Most of these players would simply get up and stroll away from the table with no concern for the hands they were missing. In reality, these players mucked a significant amount of equity. It is important to figure out how much skipping an individual hand costs you. Each hand, you win some amount of equity based primarily on your position. You have much more equity in late position compared to early position. While you will always lose money from the blinds, you will lose significantly less by being present at the table and defending your ...

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