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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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Checking Behind on the Flop with a Straight Draw at NLHE
Checking Behind on the Flop with a Straight Draw at NLHE

If the objective was to cash in on the equity of your starting hands more often than you do now by seeing more rivers than you do now, what would you change? If the objective was to win steady money at poker for life while experiencing the least possible amount of variance and stress, how

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Three Smooth Calls, Two Check-Raises, and a Delayed Raise — All On One Street
Three Smooth Calls, Two Check-Raises, and a Delayed Raise — All On One Street

Man. Talk about giving away the story in the title. I didn’t know what to call this one. I could have called it “A Really Neat Hand, Seriously, I Mean It.” Or I could have called it “Now I’ve Seen Everything” which is how I felt when it happened. But instead I decided to go

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It’s All Well and Good
It’s All Well and Good

My mom was a word freak so that explains how I got this way. Like when I was playing poker with Izzy Gonyet, the relentless debater. Izzy snookered me real cute on a hand and tricked me into paying him off. “Nice hand,” I said. “You play good.” Izzy’s reply jerked me back to childhood,

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