A rejoint le : 21 avr. 2022

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Ask Both Kinds of Questions

Closed-and open-ended questions provide different kinds of information. Use the type that will produce the right information

Closed-ended questions (which may look like statements) are generally asked during the hand to get specific information: “Do you have a flush?” or “I put you on ace-king.” Most opponents evade them or lie, but their voice or body language may give them away.

Pros often ask closed-ended questions because they can read voices and body language. If you can’t read them, do what most pros have done: read Mike Caro’s Book of Tells and Joe Navarro’s Read ’em and Reap.

Open-ended questions are usually asked after the hand to learn how opponents think and play. They encourage longer and broader responses by asking for opinions and feelings. The answers or reactions to them help you to understand how people think and play. That information often has greater long-term value than their specific cards.

People are usually more willing to answer open-ended questions than closed-ended ones. They don’t want to reveal their cards, but may enjoy talking about their thoughts and feelings. Besides, when the hand is over, they relax and become more willing to talk. So ask open-ended questions about why they made certain plays. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much information you get.


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