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Learning No-Limit From Scratch ­- A Polarized Situation

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Aug 31, 2016

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We all know that reading hands is important. Sometimes you’ll totally misread the situation, and you should regard your mistakes as learning opportunities. That’s when you should analyze your own thinking, why you made the misread, and grow from the error. Around $700 deep, in my first half-hour of play in a $2-$5 no-limit hold’em game, I open-raised on the button to $20 with 6 6. A stranger in the big blind, who had me covered, three-bet to $60. Getting 2-1 current and over 17-1 implied odds, I called the extra $40. The dealer flopped K J 5, putting a three-flush on the board. Mr. Big Blind (BB) knuckled to me. Since he three-bet preflop, and from my limited perceptions, I pegged Mr. BB as an aggressive opponent who would semibluff with a good draw and protect any vulnerable made hand on a three-flush board. When he checked, I thought ...


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