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Mind Over Poker

A Matter of Preparation

by David Apostolico |  Published: Sep 01, 2009


With poker tournaments becoming ubiquitous over the last six years, it’s hard to remember just how few there were pre-2003. Back then, the Tropicana was the only casino in Atlantic City to host daily tournaments, and it had only one no-limit hold’em tournament per week, which was held every Friday. (As a side note, the Trop had seven-card stud, Omaha, and limit hold’em tournaments on other weeknights. One of the by-products of the explosion of no-limit hold’em tournaments has been the evisceration of other daily tournament forms.) The proliferation of no-limit hold’em tournaments has certainly altered play. When you can walk next door or click on your mouse and be in a new tournament, you are much more willing to gamble. Whereas a tournament used to be special, now it’s just another day at the office. The purpose of this column is not to reminisce, as I’m all for more ...

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