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Play the Hand From Where You Stand

What are you going to do now?

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jan 22, 2010


Anybody who reads my columns knows that an underlying tenet of both my game and my life is that you play the hand from where you stand. Whining about how bad things are or how your two black aces in a five-way capped pot are looking at the 8 7 6 5 board on the turn doesn’t matter a bit. How you got here doesn’t matter a lot. What are you going to do now? That’s what matters. 2009 was a rough year for a lot of people, the country, and, in some ways, poker. A lot of people are broke, and have even lost their homes. There is less money in play in poker than there was in the boom years of 2002-2006. The lingering effects of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) have put a damper on the Internet game. And, tournament attendance is down. So what? ...

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