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Counter and take advantage of their awareness and thinking

Moving up the limits, the main feature which will separate your new rivals from those you faced in the lower limits is that they will be thinking more effectively.

Particularly, more of your rivals will be thinking about what hand you have, and how to play against you. Hence, you have the opportunity to take the advantage of what they are thinking about your play. As you come across more and more tough rivals you should take advantage of it if you are to beat the game for more than a lesser amount.

There is one kind of rival, regular at these limits, who is especially insignificant to the player who can figure what he's thinking and take the advantage of it. This player stresses much of his energy on characterizing players' styles and reading hands. This is one of the main strengths which he does so in a hastily manner. Once he has decided how you play, you have to show him something different to hands, he is so sure in his read that he finds it difficult to review.

This feature could come to players who otherwise change their play in many different ways. There is an informal observation to help you identify players with this quality. I would state that it seems many of these good, but fast readers are too loose and aggressive pre-flop. Their play poker after the flop becomes very skillful but it is slightly over-aggressive with an excessively high bluffing frequency. I think these are self taught players who have a good feel for the game, but whose main weakness is just that of playing a little too loose-aggressively.

There is some interaction between these quality and the "rigid reading" quality. Also remember that this describes one type of rival who may have the quality under discussion. You will certainly encounter this fast reading and typing tendency in other kind of players. (For more discussion of a hand played against such a players, refer the essay, "Countering a Good Reader.")

How will you take the advantage of your player's thinking? You play your hand little more deceptively. Induce him to think you have something other than your real hand. For example, suppose you open for a raise on the button with:

The big blind, who appears to be aggressive, rigid reader, re-raises you. Rather than a raise again, which could be the right play against some unthinking players in a low limit "no hold'em poker game", for instance, you should just call. By calling you avoid giving your hand away to a player who would understand and adjust their game as per another bet. You are then often in a position to do well on the later streets more than what you give up pre-flop. I should also point out that some of these rigid readers will tend to assume that a tight player plays very straightforwardly.

Thus when you just call, not only do you avoid giving this player a sign that you have a hand like AA or KK, but he may read your call to know clearly that you don't have such a hand. The last time when I played this, I put my rival on a high pair of his own and we went for four bets on a ragged flop before it dawned on him that I might have him beat. He then called me down the rest of the way.

There are many ways to include an element of deception in to your game both before and after the flop. Few are complicated than the examples provided. If you think about the game, you'll be able to develop other plays. For instance, if you have read Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players: 21 st Century Edition, you will remember that Skylansky and Malmuth suggested some ways of changing your play before the flop. Though the plays they suggest have a number of advantages against other kinds of rivals too, they are part of the arsenal that you must use to defeat the strong but rigid reader.

Remember that the main object is to get the strong readers to put you on a wrong hand. You can often achieve this through a bit more, or a bit less aggression, at some place in the hand, than would normally be expected based on the strength of the hand.

Always be careful that against unthinking rivals you should use such plays very rarely. They are to be inclined for use against those players whose reading skills are better enough that predictable play has lost much of its' desired value. You should re-develop EV through deception designed to thwart their reads such that they either give you all the money, or allow the pot no limit to you when they hardly do this.

One another way to add the deception to your play is changing the play more. Changing and adjusting your play is important in standard small limits games in which most players play without thinking very deeply. As you move up, the average skill level of your rival will increase and so their average skill level of consciousness. There will often be the players in your games, with much consciousness and the skills to make use of it that you must play a little more deceptively. Moreover, to encounter specific rivals for deception, you should target to change or adjust your play a little more than you would in small limit game. Notice though that you should generally make this play that will increases your expectation on that hand. The more uncommon plays should be the exception rather than the principle suggestions to preserve game . Make it consistently and you will gain profits in the long run.

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