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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.
I was recently reading a new poker book penned by a well-known pro and jotted down a note in the left-hand column. My epiphany came after reading about an interesting hand.
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Prague for World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour events. The following hand took place in a no-limit event with a buy-in of 1,000 euros. Blinds were 75-150.
Deep into the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, the ESPN cameras caught me four-betting preflop with 6c 4d. It was late on Day 6, with blinds at 30,000-60,000 and antes of 10,000, and I had been playing relatively tight.
There's a move in poker that is seldom executed, doesn't have a name, is only applicable in one specific situation, and has a rate of success that's near zero.
While I feel as if I have a solid grasp on how to play fundamentally sound poker, too often I've been calling with good hands when my opponents have been willing to put all of their money into the pot.
For all the complexity and diversity in poker strategy, there are really only two types of bets: value bets and bluffs.
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