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World Series of Poker Blues

Running bad with A-K and A-Q

by Matthew Hilger |  Published: Oct 15, 2010


Several years ago, I wrote about the biggest mistake that I see players make in the World Series of Poker main event — going broke with A-K. In many online tournaments, going broke with A-K after the first few levels is perfectly fine. But in the WSOP main event, when you start out with 150 big blinds, losing a lot of chips with A-K is a big mistake unless you hit a monster board. 2010 was my year of going broke with A-K (and to some extent, A-Q), although it happened over a series of hands, rather than losing it all in just one hand. On day 1, I increased my stack from 30,000 to 95,000, despite being card-dead practically the entire day. On day 2, the deck slapped me over the head, enabling me to increase my stack to 260,000, putting me in the top 35 of the tournament. ...

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