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Lessons With Jeff Shulman — Part III

Defending a fold of 9-9

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jan 22, 2010


In my last two columns, I revealed my “lesson plan” for Jeff Shulman at the World Series of Poker “November Nine” final table. Basically — with Shulman having 20 million in chips, and the blinds at 120,000-240,000 with a 20,000 ante — I recommended extremely tight play, with opening bets of five times the big blind when Shulman did enter a pot. Barry Shulman, Jeff’s father, had just won the World Series of Poker Europe championship by utilizing an extremely tight strategy, and the three of us agreed that this was the best way to play. By the way, I correctly predicted that Phil Ivey would also utilize an extremely tight strategy. I mean, why wouldn’t he? Why gamble? Shulman and Ivey were the best players, so why not be patient and wait for a great situation to present itself? Why not wait for the amateurs to melt, blow up, ...

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