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Avoiding the Unavoidable

by David Apostolico |  Published: Jun 22, 2009


Many players take a fatalistic point of view when playing poker. I not only see it at the tables, but I hear it in their stories and read it in their blogs. Invariably, the story is told in a way that suggests there was absolutely nothing the player could have done to avoid going broke on a particular hand. Phrases such as “fairly standard” or “unavoidable” or “nothing else I could have done” are used. Now, there is no question that you will get hit with coolers every so often, and there truly is nothing you can do about it. In fact, if you don’t go broke on these hands, you are probably playing way too tight. A perfect example is flopping a set of sixes on a 10-6-2 rainbow board and losing to a set of tens. Of course, there are also those times when you get your money ...

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