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Forgive Yourself

“Unsuccessful” is not the same as “wrong”

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Apr 02, 2010


Poker can be a frustrating game. Even the best players experience severely unlikely beats, long losing streaks, and sessions or tournaments in which it seems that they can’t do anything right. There are several reasons for this. First, of course, is the fact that luck has an immense impact on your short-term results. If an opponent has outs, there is a chance that he will hit one, no matter how unlikely, how foolishly he plays, or how much you really want to win. But there are other reasons. They relate to the unknown and often unknowable aspects of our game. For example, an opponent makes a pot-sized bet on the river. You have a mediocre hand, but have good reasons to believe there is about a 50 percent chance that he is bluffing. Since you are getting 2-1 on your money, you call. He shows you an excellent hand and ...

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