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Reading And Exploiting Your Opponents’ Emotions Part Two

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Sep 12, 2018


Part one said there are two distinct types of emotions: long-term ones such as loving action and fearing risks, and short-term ones such as anger. Both types often provide extremely valuable information that you should acquire and exploit. Part one described several serious reading problems while playing poker, especially no-limit hold’em. This column will tell you how to read both types. Because your opponents try to deceive you about their cards and feelings, it take hard work to learn how they feel and the effects of their feelings on their play. Here are a few general recommendations. Future columns will add some specifics. Take Notes Unless you have great “feel” or an extraordinary memory, you can’t accurately read many opponents’ emotions without good notes. It’s easy to identify maniacs and other action-lovers because they’re so obvious. It takes longer to identify rocks and other fearful players because folding is much ...

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