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Once a Donk, Not Always a Donk!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jul 10, 2013

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Smart people sometimes do stupid things. At least that’s what I tell myself when I do something stupid. Sometimes my brain doesn’t search the right “database” when I’m formulating a decision, causing me to screw up my output. And when I do that in poker, I often get my money in bad, sometimes dead. I don’t like putting in dead money. Having zero return on your bets, even if it’s only a few, greatly reduces your blended expected value (EV). We had just started a $20-$40 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio. Several of us were $40-$80 regulars waiting for the second game to start. I posted the big blind (BB) and the field folded to a local $40-$80 pro to the right of the button who raised, folding the button. The small blind (SB), a local regular recreational player, called the two bets and I glanced down at the ...


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