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Dec
14

The Stop and Go — Limit Holdem

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The bet365 on mobile is a fairly unusual play in holdem, and particularly in limit holdem, which is what I was playing tonight when a very good female professional player employed it against me.  And I’m pretty sure she made a chump out of me with it, though I can’t be positive as the hands weren’t shown.

Stop and Go occurs when an out-of-position player leads at the flop, gets raised, just calls (stop!)– and then leads again on the turn (go!).  It’s unusual because when a player really likes their hand they are far more likely to re-raise the flop and continue the turn.  And when they are doubtful about their hand, they will just call the flop raise, and then check on the turn.  Stop and go is employed far more frequently in no-limit holdem — where it can be used as a way to control the pot size without ceding the initiative — than in limit hold’em.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been faced with the play in the six months since I returned to playing limit holdem.

At any rate, here’s how the hand went down:                        Read More→

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Dec
03

Using Player Tendencies to Bluff — Limit Holdem

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Today when playing $40-80 limit holdem at Bay101’s casino on cell phone. I used my knowledge of a player’s tendencies to bluff him out of a hand.  In a previous hand I had seen him just call a raise from a middle position opener while in the small blind, and lead out at an Ace-high flop.  The raiser folded, so I was left to surmise that he had called with an Ace-high hand, and led out when he flopped top pair. (Neither of which play I recommend. When heads-up, playable Ace-high hands should be three-bet from the small blind, to seize the initiative, force the big blind out, and create dead money in the pot.  But as played, I would usually check-raise the flop to win an extra small bet from the original raiser.)  I made a mental note that this player simply called some Ace-high hands in the small blind heads-up. Read More→

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