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Every so often you will get it right. You’ll put your opponent on the exact hand that they have. More often, however, you’ll only be able to tag a range of hands for the other player. For example, if a specific set of circumstances tells you that your opponent may be holding 10-10, J-J, Q-Q, K-K, or A-A, then you can never know with 100% certainty the exact hand that they hold. You can, however, be confident that if you are holding K-K that you will most likely be in a winning position. If your opponent happens to be holding A-A then you can chalk it up to bad luck. In today’s example, I’ll show why you must know ranges and be able to absorb the bad beats that come with being on the wrong end.

I’m sitting on The Big Blind (TBB) holding 9h-9d with blinds at $150/$300. I have $6,000 in chips or 20 big blinds, a short stack according to The Poker Model. With a short stack, I’m looking for a spot to get all-in or fold in the Pre-Flop phase.

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