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Your opponent makes a continuation bet. If he is competent, he will bet his entire range on this flop, representing an overpair. If you call and your opponent has a weak hand, his turn check will let you know that. If he bets again, he probably does have the overpair and you can fold. If you raise, he will fold all his weak hands and probably call or push the strong ones. This is a spot where raising makes sense, as long as you are deep-stacked. An amateur may look at this hand and think, “He raises pre-flop, and so I put him on A-K.

Your eyes should be on first prize, not getting a little money back. Poker tournaments are also profitable because they draw a huge number of relatively inexperienced players. If you are playing a high-stakes cash game, usually there are one or two weak players at the table. In a high-stakes tournament, there could easily be five or six weak players at every table. Amateur players are considered weak, but so are some professionals. Most cash-game players only know how to play with deep stacks. They lose a lot of equity in the late stages of a tournament by failing to go all-in optimally.

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Why I am Writing This Book Section 1: How Tournaments Work 1 Why Poker Tournaments are so Profitable 2 The Fundamentals Do Not Get Stuck on Formulas What to Think about in a Hand Expected Value Pot Odds Effective Stack Size Reasons to Bet The Importance of Position Putting Opponents on a Range You Need a Stronger Hand to Call than to Raise Relative Hand Strength Do Not Play Robotically Image Levels of Thinking Make Friends at the Table When Someone Tries to Outplay You My Style Section 2: Playing Deep Stacked (125BBs+) 3 Introduction Playing Very Deep Think Ahead How Much to Bet 4 Before the Flop Which Hands to Raise When There is a Raise Before You When There are Limpers When You’re Re-raised Playing from the Small Blind Playing from the Big Blind The Squeeze Play You Do Not Have to Raise the Button 5 Post-Flop Concepts Value-Betting Bluffing Represent Something Pot Control When to Slow-Play 6 Playing the Flop Leading into the Raiser as a Bluff Raising and Check-Raising as a Bluff Floating Continuation-Betting Raising and Check-Raising the Flop Leading into the Pre-flop Raiser When there was a Re-Raise Before the Flop How to Play Each Type of Hand Multi-Way Pot Considerations 7 Playing the Turn Bet When They Check Check-Raising the Turn When You are Raised on the Turn Calling with a Draw on the Turn Playing Top Pair on the Turn 8 Playing the River Calling When You Think You Are Beat How to Value-Bet the River Bet an Amount They Can Call Over Betting the River Not Putting Your Opponent All-In Blocking Bets Bluffing on the River When You’re Raised on the River Raise-Folding on the River Over Calling on the River 9 Miscellaneous Topics Make Your Decisions Simple Know What You Are Inducing Advertisement Plays Fancy Play Syndrome Give the Illusion of Fold Equity Play Straightforwardly in Large Pots When You Are Re-Raised the Minimum Check When You Hit Your Draw Big Calls or Big Folds How to Play Against Good Regulars Exploit Each Player How to Play with a Maniac on Your Left When a Player Will Not Back Down Being the Table Bully Section 3: Playing Mid Stacked (125BB-40BB) 10 When You have Between 125 and 60BBs Play Tighter As Stacks Get Shorter Raise Players That Fold Too Much Pot-Control Medium-Strength Hands Getting All-In with a Strong Hand Re-raising with Weak Hands 11 When You have Between 60 and 40BBs Do Not Fear Going Broke Do Not Put a Lot of Chips in and then Fold Limp-Calling in a Raised Pot Limping the Button Section 4: Playing Short Stacked (less than 40BB) 12 When You Have Between 40 and 27BBs Gamble to Get a Better Stack Which Hands to Raise All-In Squeeze Early-Position Steal Being Pot-Committed 13 When You Have Between 27 and 15BBs Raise-Folding Three-Betting All-In 14 When You Have Between 12 and 5BBs Pushing When There Are Limpers When There Is A Raise Calling Pushes When Someone Pushes over Your Raise Isolating Versus Calling Half-Stack Raise Stop-and-Go 15 When You Have Less Than 5BBs Conclusion Acknowledgments I would first like to thank my parents, Larry and Rita Little.

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