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Faraz Jaka — Poker Anarchist

World Poker Tour Player of the Year Revels in the Art of Rebellion

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Oct 01, 2010

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Sometimes a player seemingly comes out of nowhere to win millions of dollars in the crazy world of poker. It’s often attributed to pure luck or a white-hot streak of running well. Uneducated observers may view it simply as a fickle lottery of fate that they could never win. But rarely do we see the years of hard work that it took for a player to come to a deeper understanding of a complex game of imperfect information. Faraz Jaka is such a player. He struggled through self-doubt, losing a huge bankroll, and heavy criticism for playing the game his way — an unorthodox approach with an illusion of pedal-to-the-metal blind aggression. Yet, he knew what he was doing every step of the way. He’s garnered lifetime tournament winnings of more than $3.5 million and come painstakingly close to winning a number of major events. And it doesn’t look like ...


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