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Our Poker column puts readers in touch with the experts for the thinking behind the trickiest and most challenging poker hands. World Poker Tour (WPT) professional and television analyst Tony Dunst, along with other WPT players, break down the tactics and strategy used by some of the most prominent players in the world.
Last month, I folded pocket kings before the flop for the first time in my life.
Mastery on the felt requires careful analysis of information and risk. In regard to playing with a positional disadvantage, my coach once told me that I either had to get good at it or stop doing it.
To bolster your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses, you must start by thoroughly understanding your mistakes. The World Series of Poker Main Event is a marathon, and I constantly preach that patience is the key to going deep in this tournament.
The following hand took place this year in a $1,500-buy-in World Series of Poker event. With a 4,500-chip stack at 25/25 blinds, I raised to 75 from the cutoff seat with Kd Jd, and only the small blind called. The flop came Ks Qc 4h.
In late May, I played in the WPTDeepStacks $1,100 main event, which was held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. I arrived at LAX at 10 a.m. The casino is an hour away from the airport. As the bubble approached, I had a short stack.
The following hand took place in the $10,000-buy-in 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. Everyone folded around to me in the cutoff seat. From late position, my raise with a strong hand was completely automatic.
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