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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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Driving Games
Driving Games

Dear reader: If you wish you did more meditating than you do now, you might want to check out by book, Dailyness. Below is an excerpt.   Sometimes I’ll sit up as tall as I can while I’m driving, and then adjust the mirrors. Inevitably I shrink back down to my normal driving posture, and when that

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The Blue Chips (a Poker Zoo story)
The Blue Chips (a Poker Zoo story)

Dear reader: I wrote three Poker Zoo stories back when online poker was brand new, and no-limit hold’em had not made its way into the casinos yet.   It was noontime at the Poker Zoo and the $20-40 limit hold’em game was soon to start. The six regular players were milling about in their regular

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Which Kind of Meditation Should I Do?
Which Kind of Meditation Should I Do?

Dear reader: If you wish you did more meditating than you do now, you might want to check out by book, Dailyness. Below is an excerpt.   If someone eats unhealthy food all day every day, and then switches to healthy salads, the types of salad won’t matter. Their health will improve. After your meditation practice

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