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Short-Term Changes

Poker situations change thousands of times every night. New cards are dealt every few seconds, and every one of them can completely change the situation. A poor hand (like a four-flush) becomes unbeatable, and a monster (like three aces) becomes worthless. The players holding every hand must adjust to the new situation. The lucky player should maximize his profits, whereas the unlucky ones should minimize their losses. And they all have only a few moments to adjust.

When one hand is over, a new one is dealt, and the players must shift their focus to it. Many losers can’t do it; they brood about previous hands, which prevents them from playing this hand well. Winners may mentally replay hands, but their purpose is different: they compare the way this hand is being played to earlier hands to improve their understanding and strategy

Position, a major source of power, changes frequently, sometimes (in stud) with every card. Winners adjust rapidly and well, while losers ignore or minimize position changes.

Your opponents are the most important factor, and all players combine consistency and change. They have a customary style such as tight-passive or loose-aggressive, but occasionally act out of character. The Rock may bluff because he thinks he can get away with it, is angry with someone, gets a wild impulse, or has gone on tilt. The Maniac may suddenly tighten up because he is short of money, is thinking about something else, or is just tired of losing. Obviously, you must adjust your strategy to fit their changed style. Winners continually adjust to the way others are playing now.

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