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Generation Next - James (Clint) Tolbert

A Master of Disguise

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Oct 15, 2010


The image that you project at the table can affect every hand that you play, both online and live. Dan Harrington and Phil Ivey have totally different images, yet both are able to manipulate their opponents based on their perceived images. This is all part of the many levels of the metagame that takes place during tournaments and cash games. So, beware. The better players at the table are profiling you, from the moment you sit down. So, learn to use this knowledge to your advantage. Rising poker star James (Clint) Tolbert has built his game around manipulating this information to work in his favor. It’s one of the most powerful tools in his poker arsenal for accumulating chips and confusing opponents. “I try to personify a certain stereotypical Internet-player image at the table when playing live,” said Tolbert. “When I’m all decked out in Michael Jordan gear, I find ...

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