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Playing in a Three-Way Pot

by David Apostolico |  Published: Jun 01, 2010


One of my favorite televised poker moments occurred during a World Poker Tour event a few years back. Patrik Antonius was seated to the left of Doyle Brunson at the final table. In the edited version, Antonius was shown reraising Brunson preflop on quite a few hands. Each time, Brunson folded, until the following hand took place. Brunson raised with pocket threes. Antonius reraised all in with A-2. Brunson decided to take a stand and called. When Brunson made the call, Antonius was surprised to see the cards that Brunson held, and asked, incredulously, “How could you make that call?” Brunson’s response was classic: “We’re playing poker, not solitaire.” Brunson doubled up, and the crowd cheered. Why do I bring this up? I was reminded of this after a recent mistake I made. This mistake is one that I see made all the time, and I should have known much ...

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