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Old Apr 19, 2007, 4:56am   #21
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When you want to take a shot at a higher level, put aside a proper amount so that you can have a reasonable try, without compromising your bankroll at the current level. Mentally write that amount off as R&D expenses or whatever, and then take your shot without any extra fear, knowing that you can carry on as normal if things don't work out.
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 7:30am   #22
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Bad folds are a lot more expensive than bad calls.

However, a lot of the time you're contemplating making a big call, you're being too optimistic and should be looking harder for a reason to fold, especially readless.

corollary: folding equity is awesome. use it, but don't go overboard and start spraying chips left and right.
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 8:27am   #23
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If you play SNGs, especially non-turbos, learn how to play heads-up.

(Sounds obvious but it's amazing how often otherwise decent players fall to pieces when it's down to 2. Reading the relevant chapter in Harrington Vol. 2 is a great start.)
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 1:22pm   #24
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Pot control is not just about keeping the pot small at times.
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 1:28pm   #25
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Massive/Overbets bets on the river are not done enough, when the right table comes along the amount you get called surpasses the little extra you are trying to squeeze out ( low limits I am not "there" to speak of the higher ones)
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 3:22pm   #26
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1) Don't overcommit, protecting your hand is not as important as protecting your stack.

2) Big bets mostly mean big hands, people don't bluff as much as you think they do.

3) If you don't know whether your hand is best, bet. It's the quickest way to find out.

4) Always think ahead, it might only be one bet on the flop but it will be a whole lot more by the river.
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 11:16pm   #27
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 11:59pm   #28
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lol, I know now not to play 43 suited!
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Old Apr 20, 2007, 1:06am   #29
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lol, I know now not to play 43 suited!
I play 43s. Wanna fight?

(no, but really, I play it on the button for a steal or against a TAG raiser)
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Old Apr 20, 2007, 1:11am   #30
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Against thinking players, especially with whom you have a history (probably only applies to higher stakes, maybe 200nl and up), play your nut draws and your big flopped hands (set or top two etc.) the same way generally in shorthanded pots. In other words, your draw line and your monster line should look as much like each other as possible, in HU pots especially.

Also, make sure you change it up and try to play as many of those spots in each way, randomly, so as to throw them off. Flip a coin if you have to, between slowplay a set or fastplaying it, or between drawing with a flush draw or firing with it.

The times you get committed with a ~38% chance to win, will more than be offset by the times you get a set in against TPTK or an overpair (or at least it should, if you're not like me with sets - ).
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