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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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On Being Last to Act
On Being Last to Act

Dear reader: This is an excerpt from Waiting for Straighters. You can read the whole thing here.   Waiting for Straighters and Being Last to Act   “Acting last is like taking a drink of water. We don’t have to understand why it’s good for us to know that it is. And the benefits are

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Lightened
Lightened

Dear reader: In this Painless Poker excerpt, the discussion at the Painless Poker Clinic turns to the word “enlightenment.”   I wrote HANGUPS on the board and said, “When you hear the word meditation, what negative thoughts come to mind?” “There’s this reg at the casino,” Sonny said. “We call him Fast Frankie. He went

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Broken Down English
Broken Down English

Dear reader: I wrote this in 2001.   Amazing, the way dialects emerge among people who share a common interest. Listen to the banter of any profession or hobby. You will hear a lingo. Common words are given special meanings unique to that endeavor, resembling members-only passwords. Like most everyone, I use various vernaculars. Some

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