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Generation Next -- Jim Collopy

Jim Collopy Waxes Nostalgic

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Nov 27, 2009

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At the ripe old age of 20, Jim Collopy remembers the good ol’ days of winning tournaments without having much of a clue. Back before the poker legislation, training sites and a plethora of free strategy information popped up across the Internet, and the game seemed kind of easy. Fish were fish. Don’t teach them, or tap the glass. But the game has changed, especially online. “Back in the day, people were so terrible,” said Collopy. “Being aggressive was all that it seemed to take to be successful then. I was winning a ton of money. My success then was due mostly to restealing preflop and finding ways to shove, because most of tournament poker is preflop play. At the time, it was the perfect strategy. Not anymore.” Collopy would come home from high-school football practice and fire up 20 tournaments. Sleep was a word with which he became unfamiliar, ...


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