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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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Oct
24

Reading Flop Betting Patterns — Limit Holdem

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Warning: this is going to read a bit like a brag post.  But I want to write about this hand because it nicely illustrates a few limit holdem concepts, and especially the kind of betting-pattern tells that you get in LHE that help you win extra bets.

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Oct
14

More Missed Value — No Limit Holdem

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Since no-limit poker became legalized in San Jose recently the big no-limit game has been in flux.  It had been hosted for years in the Lucky Chances casino in Colma, but as soon as San Jose opened up, the regulars rushed south for the chance to play with new inexperienced players.  The game was expected to land at the Bay101 casino, but at this point in time, the Garden City casino is winning the battle.  Since I greatly prefer playing at Bay101 (it’s nicer), I have had to content myself lately with playing $5-10 blinds when I play no-limit holdem.

Here’s a hand I played at $5-10 no-limit recently where I had an interesting river decision:

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