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Why Smart Players Make Dumb Plays

Two good reasons

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Aug 20, 2010


Poker attracts many smart people. They are intrigued by the richness of strategies and the many other elements of decision-making that are part of our game. This column is directed at those smart people. Luckily, I know that you are one of them, because you are reading it. Smart people have some specific problems when actually trying to play. The sad truth is that most of the time, poker play is simply routine. Smartness just does not enter into it. You get dealt a J-6 offsuit and fold. It’s the right play, but it does not demonstrate all that much intellect. You get pocket aces and raise. That’s definitely the right play, but no one is going to reward you for your brilliance. Unfortunately for some, winning poker is largely one fairly routine decision after another. You sit, you wait, you play your good hands strongly, and you win when ...

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