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Trust Your Reads

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Jan 20, 2016

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Recently, I have been spending a lot of time working hard to learn to play as game theory optimal as possible in most common situations in order to better combat world-class players. However, I have not forgotten that the main way you beat amateur players is by getting blatantly out of line and exploiting their tendencies. Many amateur players give off somewhat obvious tells, either in their betting patterns or physical mannerisms, and if you fail to take advantage of them, you will leave a huge amount of money on the table. I recently traveled to Prague for the European Poker Tour series and as soon as I landed, I hopped into a €550 turbo event. I lost a few hands to get down to 7,000 from what I think was a 15,000 starting stack. Everyone folded to me in the hijack at 200-400 with a 50 ante and I ...


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