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Dodging a Bullet

A great fold

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Sep 18, 2009


For those of you who haven’t heard, there is a new generation of professional poker players out there who have cut their teeth on playing online poker. These young guns have talent, heart, and great analytical skills. Plus, they have played tons of hands by the time they are 23 years old. You see, one hour of online poker (at four tables) is equivalent to several hours of brick-and-mortar casino play. There are some great Internet wizards, but some of these players are known to be way too aggressive in no-limit hold’em tournaments, and that can make it challenging for the rest of us. That ultra-aggressiveness may make an otherwise sound player commit a huge amount of chips to a pot with a weak hand — like A-Q, for example. In a $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the 2009 World Series of Poker, I found myself at a table ...

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