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Are We There Yet?

The difficulties of knowing where you are in a hand

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Jul 09, 2010


Blonds are the subject of many jokes in which their allegedly poor thinking processes lead to the punch line. My favorite blond joke concerns two women who get lost while shopping at the mall. They come to a large map of the mall. After staring at it for a few minutes, the brunette points to a red dot with the words YOU ARE HERE written underneath it. The blond thinks for a few seconds, and asks, “How does it know that?” In poker, it is very important to know where you are in a hand, but unfortunately, there is no map to help. You must figure it out on your own. You know what you have, but what does your opponent have? What should your opponent do with what he has? Is there any way to get him to make a mistake? To illustrate the difficulties involved in knowing where ...

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