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When They’re Playing Checkers

Playing chess, so to speak, to win a hand

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Oct 29, 2010


If I told you that I was writing this column from a furnished apartment in Managua, Nicaragua, you’d probably say, Well, that’s JV, traveling the world again. Where was he last time? Moscow? Bucharest? Katmandu? If I told you that I was running the writing staff of a television show here, you’d probably say, Sure, fine, whatever. What does this have to do with poker? OK, here’s what: During my stay in Managua, I have discovered that — literally — the only game in town is a $1-$2 blinds, $50 minimum buy-in no-limit hold’em affair that starts late, and intermittently, at the Aces Poker Club, a two-table joint not far from where I stay. It’s a shame that the game starts late, because I’m not at my best in the midnight hours, plus walking back to my place is quite a sketchy undertaking in Managua, where, as someone here described ...

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