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What is ABC Poker?

What do you consider ABC poker? This is a serious question that I ask , and I am curious what your ABC poker is.

I see the statement made all the time that to beat the limit I play at that you need to play ABC poker and you will crush it. Well I am not crushing so I want to know what do you believe ABC is.

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August 17, 2006 - Posted by | Poker

5 Comments »

  1. Yeah Cardrunners likes to throw this term out a lot whenever they make a video at our limits. They never really do a good job of going into what it is ABC poker really is.

    For me it basically means just not playing too tricky. I think you play tight in your preflop selection and aggressive after you flop something. If you flop a set, don’t go for the check raise but rather just lead out and bet to build the pot. I think a lot of your bluffs are a waste of time here and your better off semi-bluffing or at least giving yourself 4 outs. Plays like squeezes just go unnoticed here and your probably just going to lose money making that play too often at $25NL. If a guy is betting into you your probably better off just letting go of the hand rather than trying to raise him off his hand unless you have the big hand. I really think a TAG style is better here than a LAG style. It’s a much easier style to play.

    I don’t know if any of this made sense as it’s late but here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day for you.

    Comment by titans01 | August 18, 2006

  2. It made good sense Titans.
    The problem I have sometimes is if I am not careful I can fall into a passive mode if I don’t get hands for a long time or I get beat a couple of times. If I can catch myself going that way I can continue playing TAG. Sometimes though I admit I may get too aggressive.

    Comment by evilorly | August 18, 2006

  3. IMO ABC poker is TAG…nothing tricky, little to no bluffing(esp. at anything

    Comment by Bopha | August 18, 2006

  4. …well for some reason my post got cut off. Now I gotta rethink the whole thing. Hmmm…let’s see…I don’t mind semi-bluffing your draws(best way to get paid off IMO). Continuing post flop only with a strong enough hand vs. the number of opponents.

    I think the ‘abc poker’ statement is definitely over used. I know the ABC’s of how to install a turbocharger on a 3.2VR6 VW…doesn’t mean your gonna see me attempt it anytime soon.

    I think a profitable NLHE strategy is just far too complicated to sum up in so few words.

    Comment by Bopha | August 18, 2006

  5. Thanks for the feedback.

    Comment by evilorly | August 19, 2006


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