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Difference Between Average And Advanced Players in Their Thinking while Play

By applying the routine examples, I expect to make comparisons between how average and advanced players think at the time of play better to understand.

Early Raising for Value

Overview: A loose, not aggressive, full game with many players who will call two bets cold pre-flop, with any hand they were going to play for one bet. Some of them do just only to chase big pots. Under the gun, the player holding

before the flop.

Average player's thoughts: Fine, this is a playable starting hand but not enough to raise with. So it can be just a call.

Advanced player's thoughts: There are many multi-way pots. And raises will not knock these players out. This is a nice multi-way hand. If I raise I may get bunch of callers and create a large pot. Then they'll be tied onto it if I flop a good draw. It will add some little deception to my game as well, as most of these players automatically put me on high pairs or big cards when I raise in early position. So I will raise.

Comments: Observe that the expert is aware of and thinks about more aspects than the average player. In this case it allowed him to understand the situation more carefully and to identify an opportunity to which the average player was blind.

Protecting Your Hand

Overview: A loose game containing many "calling stations." A player holds

in the big blind. Six players limp in. The flop is

Average player's thoughts: I have high pair. That means I will bet it.

Advanced player's thoughts: I have high pair with all these player right in, and number of possible draws my hand is susceptible. If many players stay to see the turn there is a fair chance someone will draw out on me. Just a check-raise would help me knock out some out these players and protect my hand. The latter positioned players are aggressive. Then yes I think I should check and hope that is checked to one of those players. And when he bets I can raise and make it two bets to all other players. That will knock out at least the long shot draws and improve my chances of winning the pot.

Comments: Again, the advanced player reaches more deep thinking. Here, his greater awareness of more variable and their potential impact on the hand leads him to analyze his options differently than the average player. The average player thinks lightly at little more than his general poker hand value. The advanced player thinks about the situation deeply considering the implications of the surface of the flop, the number and types of active players and their positions relative to him. He then thinks about his options, sticking to one which reveals a specific problem he has found.

Inducing a Bluff

Overview: It is fifth street. The board is:

The player holds:

He bet and called by one player on the flop and fourth street.

Average player's thoughts: I'm betting and these people are calling all the way. No reason to think he has a four. I will bet again because I think I have the best hand.

Advanced player's thoughts: This player seems to be an aggressive player. I think he would have raised on the flop if he had a queen, or even with a decent kicker. His calling all the way represents he is on a straight or flush draw. He chose to play it passively in this case, perhaps because he felt that I'd correctly put him on a draw and would only make him pay more for it if he tried to semi-bluff or to buy a free card.

I don't think he is holding any good decent reading hands that he would call with at this spot. If I bet he will fold. But he does like to bluff if he thinks you are weak and there is little chance to pick up the pot. He can try this against me if I check, as he sees me as tight and knows I can lay down a hand. I believe I can do best in the long run to check and expect to induce a bluff.

Comments: You can notice here an average player who just throws in another bet, acting with little thought, almost on "automatic pilot." As David Skylansky refer in Poker, Gaming & Life, failure to think enough when heads-up on the end is normal among typical players. New determination comes on the last card, turning the decision making process there into a different one. An advanced player knows this and so tries to think a little more at this spot in a hand. Having made effort to more knowledge, he also thinks about elements that escape the average player's thinking.

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