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According to Hoyle
According to Hoyle

Dear reader, This is an excerpt from the introduction to Elements of Poker. (Now available in audiobook)   When I was growing up, there was only one person in the known universe who wrote about card games and his name was Edmond Hoyle. We...

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The Path of Least Resistance
The Path of Least Resistance

  Dear reader: This is an excerpt from Elements of Poker.   129. The Path of Least Resistance There’s good resistance and bad resistance. When we resist harming ourselves and others, that’s the good kind. When we resist reality, that’s the...

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The Compassion Reflex
The Compassion Reflex

You’re walking in a park and a kid on a bike passes you at high speed. Then he attempts a sharp and sudden turn but there is cut grass on the pavement and his tires slide… And down he goes. Hard. What do you do? Was there thought involved? In...

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Be Fluid or Be Wrong
Be Fluid or Be Wrong

(Dear reader: This is an excerpt from Elements of Poker.) If, while you are playing, you are attached to the notion that you are a “better player” than any or all of your opponents, or that you are a “worse player” than any or all of your...

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The Live Poker Rulebook
The Live Poker Rulebook

Mechanics   Rule #1: Do not move the button. Rule #2: Post your blinds when you should. Rule #3: When you have a live hand, place your phone face-down on the table or rail. Rule #4: Your cards should be visible to everyone always. Rule #5...

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The Making of <em>Elements of Poker</em>
The Making of Elements of Poker

Dear reader, This is an excerpt from the introduction to Elements of Poker. (Now available in audiobook)   I started writing about my poker experiences in 1999. Soon after that, people starting writing to me with theirs. They’d ask me...

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On Tilt
On Tilt

Dear reader, This is an excerpt from Elements of Poker. (Now available in audiobook)   Tilt has many causes and kinds, but it has only one effect. It makes us play bad. It makes us do things we wouldn’t do if we were at our very best. And...

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