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Musings of an amateur regarding play styles and lines.
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By: Checkra!$e @ 17:01 (EDT) / 54 / Comment ( 0 )

I believe that I have come a long way since learing to play NLH about five years ago.  I was definetly a late bloomer in that regard have little or no knowledge of the game prior to that.  One might call my poker developement extremely slow by todays standards but I believe I have an edge.

While I have read some poker material that has helped improve my game I have been fairly conscious of attempting to not play someone elses game.  A lot of the material I read was more beneficial in terms of understanding how other players think.  I am not a believer in the super aggressive game however.

How often do we hear "Blah blah has an extremely aggressive game and shows good results."  Thus the poker pros have began this competition of being more aggressive that runs like an arms race.  Essentially I have adopted a non-competitive strategy in this sense.  I want to play my game not a hybrid of all the poker pros.

They say raise or fold while I say every hand is its own entity.  There is nothing wrong with calling when you believe you are ahead.  There is nothing wrong with folding when you are ahead either is the opponent is going off the rails making calling unprofitable.  While that is a rare occurence I have been there enough times now to know it is true.  Essentially playing every hand to the best possible result is always the goal.  If you concentrate only on applying pressure you are very susceptible to traps.

So my final advice to any poker player is to evaluate all kinds of hands you play where the result gives you actual information (you showdown and see your opponents hand) and go through every decision with every possibility to see where the optimal path lay in that hand.

The more you repeat this process the more naturally it occurs every hand you play getting you closer to playing optimally.

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