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This group of chapters comes last because you can’t act decisively without understanding the costs, benefits, and risks of your alternatives. If you take the steps described in earlier chapters, you will certainly get the best of it. But to make the most, you must act decisively.

The ability to get the best of it is fairly independent of the ability to make the most of it. Some losers know what to do, but they won’t take the risks of committing themselves

Chapter 20, “Winners Are Selectively Aggressive,” focuses on the central point of acting decisively. Instead of avoiding commitments by playing too many hands passively, winners wait until they have an edge and then push hard to make the most of it.

That principle applies to all poker games, but it is especially important in no-limit hold’em. On my radio show I asked Sam O’Connor, author of How to Dominate $1 and $2 No Limit Hold’em, “What is the best advice you can give our listeners?” he said, “Lose the little ones, but win the big ones.”

Chapter 21, “Winners Push When They Are Winning,” analyzes the way losing and winning cause people to violate or apply the selective aggression principle.

Losers push at the wrong time. If they get ahead, they “hit and run.” If they get behind, they play on and on, hoping to get even. Many good players have gone broke because they could not walk away from a losing session. They turned a relatively minor loss into a catastrophic one.

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