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Reinventing History

by David Apostolico |  Published: Jul 09, 2010

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Have you ever listened to a friend describe a hand that he lost, and something didn’t seem to add up quite right? Your first instinct may have been to think that he was fibbing or rationalizing in his attempt to justify his own bad play to himself. He was looking for positive reinforcement for his bad play when he reinvented what really happened. I often have my suspicions when someone relates a hand or a happenstance that doesn’t quite make sense. Of course, sometimes I’m seated at the table during the hand in question, and can witness the action myself. This happened recently during an event at the Harrah’s Open in Atlantic City. I’ll provide a quick recap of the hand and then describe the reinvention that was quite fascinating. I’m in the big blind and a solid but rather straightforward player is seated to my immediate left. He was ...


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