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Understanding Your Opponents

By: joy7108 @ 19:09 (EST) / 2916 / Comment ( 4 )

I have a great deal of trouble understanding plays that my opponents make, probably because I tend to give them a hand range that I would play in a given situation.  This is invariably the wrong approach, and I'm working on that this week.

I played a hand today that cost me a tournament ticket, because I didn't understand my opponents range.  I had AQos, villian 1 min raised, villian 2 (who was a short stack) went all in, I called and villian 1 called.  The flop came 89Q, villian 1 raised and I shoved with TPTK, and got called.  Villian 1 had JTos and had flopped a straight, I'm out sixth where 5 players win a ticket.  I was in third when the hand started, and would have likely got my ticket without ever playing another hand.  Huge mistake on my part.

I shoved because I couldn't put the villian on a hand that would be better, unless she had QQ.  I never imagined JT because I would not raise that hand from early position, and QQ would likely have shoved preflop to isolate the all in.  So I convinced myself I had the best hand and paid the price.

I'm sure this is a familiar story to most of you, sometimes it seems you just can't range your opponent on a hand that beats you.  Hands like small pairs that make a set are another example of a hand that is hard to read, and can cost you a lot.  Hopefully I can improve my ranging, I'm sure this one skill will help me be a better player.  Best wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday season!!

:-P :-P :-P

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