What Does It Mean in Poker?

Balance typically means playing both strong and weak hands the same way in a given situation in order to avoid predictable patterns.

For example, if a player only raises preflop when he has pocket queens or better, that player would be unbalanced and his opponents could fold confidently every time he raised. But if that same player also raised preflop with his medium-strength and speculative hands, he would be balanced and thus much tougher to play against.

Balance is a fundamental aspect of poker theory.

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