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Skiing Downhill on Ice

An unusual year

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Sep 18, 2009


Both the poker world and I have been having an unusual year, at least partly due to the enormous gyrations in the U.S. and world economies. I often have stated that if there was an award for consistency in poker, I would win it. I plan my life and my game around a risk-averse strategy. I miss some of the highs, but I also miss nearly all of the lows. This strategy has served me well. This year, my graph consists of massive mountain peaks and grand canyons. In December of last year, I started the best five-month rush of my poker career. When the good run ended, it was like I fell off the Tower of Terror, as I experienced my biggest downward swing ever, losing more than 200 big bets straight for the first time in my life. Why is this year so different from my previous 39 ...

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