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STRATEGIC THINKING IN HOLD’EM

Introduction

To win at poker you must think effectively at the table. For the studious player learning to think at the table means developing the ability to put theory into practice while reading hands and opponents’ thoughts. That is the focus of much of this section.

I try in several essays to take you into my mind or that of a hypothetical skilled player to view some of the thought processes of poker “first hand.” Of course there are many more things to think about in poker than are covered by this group of essays. They do however, provide a sampling in which both intermediate, and more advanced players, will find instructive and thought provoking. Included are three essays on play against maniacs, not because I thought the topic was more important than others, but merely because it was on my mind at the time I wrote them. I was playing regularly then in a poker game notorious for the large number of tricky, experienced maniacs who frequented it. My advice on the topic thus reflects a good deal of time “in battle” with these players. Two essays in this section were written with the express purpose, mentioned earlier, of helping players in their move up to the middle limits. The rest of the material should help with this transition as well. 

A caution: Make sure you have a working knowledge of bankroll requirements before settling into a higher limit on an ongoing basis. Look for extensive material on the topic by Mason Malmuth, as well as excellent essays by Sklansky.

 

The Strategic Moment in Hold’em  /  One Way Not to Fold  /  

Beating the Berserko: Preflop Against a Maniac /  

On Into the Storm:  Playing the Maniac After the Flop

 One Reason to Reraise a Maniac / A Simple Read / Countering a Good Reader

Thinking About What They’re Thinking / Out On the Edge

Considerations in Two Blind Stealing Defense situations

Easing the Transition to the Middle Limits: Part I

Easing the Transition to the Middle Limits: Part II /   Multiple Changing Images

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