I’ll just take that pot now if you don’t mind.

The struggle

Basically NLH is a battle to keep your opponents from seeing five cards.  Or, looked at another way, to allow you to see all five. Once all players involved in a hand get to see the runout to the river, you’re just playing a card game where the best hand wins.  Control for the power to make every hand you play a hand you’ll win no matter what the deck delivers is one of the fascinating challenges of No Limit poker. It takes into the realm of mind games and strategic warfare, and I think that’s what keeps so many smart people interested for so long.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the case should you flop the nuts, but that won’t happen very often. Most of the time you’ll have to rely on your ability to assess what it will take to get rid of your competition for the pot, ideally withholding any information about your holdings for as long as possible.

What do you think. Agree? Disagree?

2 responses to “I’ll just take that pot now if you don’t mind.

  1. I totally agree,one does not want another to see any additional cards,due to the variable that tank girl did not mention the suck out.The longer the hand plays out tells and patterns become evident which puts the odds of winning the hand in flux. Which is quadrupled by the pro allowing the amatuer to see fourth and fifth st. And thus when it is taken down pre or after the flop the agressor controls the action. Control the power to me is called :”Calculated Agression”. And that is the winning strategy,not playing every hand to “See” a flop or definatly not to the river,which allows to many variables to overcome.

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