Just a Cooler
by Andrew Brokos | Published: Jul 10, 2013
As I, and I think most poker players use the term, a cooler is a situation where you believe that both players were correct to play a big pot with the hands they had. Of course only one of them won, but in your opinion, the loser of the pot didn’t make a mistake. He had a hand strong enough to warrant playing a pot of the size that he did, and he was simply unlucky to run into a stronger hand. In a weird way, though, this “luck” can be a function of skill. Think about it this way: what do you mean when you talk about “getting better at poker?” How do you know when you’re better? What, specifically, do you want to do differently when you say that you want to get better or play better? Presumably, you’re talking about learning to do some things you can’t ...
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