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Heisenberg ’Em!

Intentionally set out to affect your opponents

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Oct 16, 2009


Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics notes that in trying to study an atomic particle, the measurement of position necessarily disturbs a particle’s momentum. In other words, according to Heisenberg (and he should know, since he had the principle named after him), you can’t observe a thing without affecting it. How does this affect us in poker? To a great degree. When you enter a poker game, it’s as if you’re sitting down with a bunch of other particles. Left to their own devices, these particles — players — will behave as they behave. But who says that you have to leave them to their own devices? If you Heisenberg ’em — intentionally set out to disturb their momentum — you can affect them in ways that aren’t necessarily good for them, but are really quite great for you. Take the example of the only woman sitting at a ...

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