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Letting the Cards Get the Best of You

by David Apostolico |  Published: Jul 10, 2009


I’d like to share a hand I recently played, because it represents one of those hands that many have told me there was nothing I could have done about it. Personally, I disagree with that assessment, and the fact that the hand came at a critical time made the pain that much worse. Here was the situation: I was playing in an event at the recent Harrah’s Open in Atlantic City. Eighteen places were paid, and we were down to 16 players. The next step up in pay would be 15th place. However, I wasn’t worried about that. I wanted to win, or at least finish in the top three. I was playing at an extremely tight table. The blinds were 2,000-4,000, with a 500 ante. I had about 36,000 in chips. Because of the tightness of the table, I knew that I could steal a few blinds with a ...

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