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The Final Hand

A reader’s cooler

by Ed Miller |  Published: Feb 05, 2010


The final hand always gets the most attention. It could be the last hand of a grueling heads-up battle to determine a million-dollar tournament winner, or it could just be the hand you busted out on in your local Wednesday night tournament. Either way, chances are that you (and maybe a lot of other people) will be thinking about that final hand for a while. In this column, I analyze a final hand from one of my readers. It was the final hand that he played in the 2009 World Series of Poker main event, and he has, naturally, spent hours analyzing and reanalyzing it. I think it’s an instructive hand, and I want to share my thoughts about it. I’ll let my reader start telling the story. This hand occurred on day 3 of the main event. It was level 11, with the blinds at 800-1,600, and a 200 ...

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