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05-02-2006, 12:21 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Formerly, Chateau d'If. Now, at large in California...last seen in Fresno, propping 2/2 NL...
I think the EV numbers are useful for both novice and experienced players. The represent an average...novice players might expect lower EVs...more experienced players might expect higher EVs. But they do highlight two of the most important factors in the EV of your hand 1) selection; that is the value of your starting hand and 2) position; that is the value of acting last.
In my experience, most people overestimate how well they play, so it's worth checking the EV stats from time to time to rethink what you're playing and where you're playing it. You can make an argument for playing any cards at any time, but the average EV numbers would suggest you should think hard about your rationale for playing 86o out of position before you do it.
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