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A Rubber Band Story
A Rubber Band Story

I was at my usual casino, with the usual players, at the usual 5:30 in the morning, when an unusual man joined the game. We were playing $20-40 limit hold’em. The game had been four-handed ever since the bar closed. It wasn’t the best game – even Isaac wasn’t getting out of line much –

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Reciprocality: The Cause of Profit at Poker
Reciprocality: The Cause of Profit at Poker

  Before anything flows, there must be a difference. Between different elevations, water flows. Between different pressures, air flows. Between different poker players, money flows. What is Reciprocality?   What is Reciprocality?   In the world of reciprocality, it’s not what you do that matters most, and it’s not what they do. It’s both. Reciprocality

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Intimidate and Confuse By Folding Fast
Intimidate and Confuse By Folding Fast

  This article dissects four hands I played in the cash-game area at the 2017 WSOP in Vegas. The lens of analysis is focused not on my betting, but rather, on my timing. My strategy is pretty simple. I play fast. And I use my speed to create meta-game advantages. Perhaps you could do the

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Perpetual Commotion
Perpetual Commotion

Alex is a perpetual commotion machine. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, a sphere of mayhem surrounds him. Driving is a contest. Popcorn is an event. Every poker hand is an ordeal. Scott, the poker room manager at Lucky Chances, says Alex is “A good test for my floor staff.” Albert Einstein would have cited

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Breath Taking
Breath Taking

Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out. In this way, I train myself.   Breathing in, I am aware that I am sitting at a poker table. Breathing out, I smile to the poker universe. Breathing in, I watch the cards being

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Peer Pressure
Peer Pressure

The drunk guy has to pee again. But each time he begins to stand, he gets dealt in, so he sits back down, and raises. This time he is in the small blind. Someone raises. Someone else reraises. Our hero caps it. The flop comes Qc Js 3h. He bets out. It gets raised and

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