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“Life Rules”

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jul 09, 2010


It was $100 to go six-handed in a late-night $20-$40 limit hold’em game, and I held pocket kings. The flop came K 9 3. Flops don’t get much better than that for K-K. Somehow, it seemed that everybody had a piece of it; I managed to get in only one raise, as the field capped it. We took it to the turn five-handed. Anything but an ace or a 9, I prayed to the poker gods; I wanted something low. My prayer was answered with the 4, not even a backdoor-flush hookup. It went to three bets, and I knew that I was up against a pair of aces and a set of nines or threes. I wasn’t sure where the other players were — perhaps Q-J, J-10, or something like that, and maybe even K-9 or A-9. The 6 looked like a good river card — that is, until ...

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