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Real Poker: Thinking about Thinking

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Feb 13, 2019

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The range of thought in low and middle-stakes poker players can get mighty wide. And much of the value of playing mid-level poker comes from accurately reading how your opponent thinks. Read their thoughts well, and you’ll be able to acquire value, fold correctly and bluff appropriately in more situations, adding greater expected value (EV) to your game. But discerning those thoughts is not going to be easy. Mindreading is a skillset that you need to develop to play at a strategically high level. Put yourself in your opponent’s viewpoint, what did he think, why did he think it, and why did he do what he did? He’s likely to think the same way in a similar hand in the future. And from that information, you can creatively design +EV plays that can exploit that knowledge. While playing in a frisky $2-$5 no-limit hold’em game, $630 deep, an aggressive-minded player, ...


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