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Less Than Perfect

by David Apostolico |  Published: Apr 02, 2010


Poker is a game of imperfect information. No doubt, that’s a statement with which you are quite familiar. It’s what makes the game challenging and exhilarating. Make the right move at an opportune time and you experience a sense of mastery that is hard to match in other pursuits. That overwhelming sense of accomplishment is fortified by the instant gratification of scooping a big pot. What other proof of your brilliance is needed? You’re the player with the chips. Not by sleight of hand, but by your cunning and intellect, your opponents’ chips have made their way into your stack. It’s easy to start to believe that you can conquer this game — that you can somehow play perfectly. The flip side of this game of imperfect information is frustration. Against all logic and common sense, you guess wrong. You are not yet the genius you thought you were, as ...

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