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Big Data Exposes a Small But Common Error in Poker

In this hand from Day 7 of the Main Event, Alex Livingston bet Kings on an Ace-high board after the flop checked through. Our friends at show that although this line worked for Livingston, betting the turn is, in general, a small but common error.

Relative to the typical player in his shoes – i.e. up against an Ace – Livingston saved eight big blinds over the course of the hand.

By successfully keeping the pot small on the flop, he saved about four big blinds. The rest came from his turn and river bet sizing – he preempted the possibility that a better hand forced him to call larger bets.

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