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Good Entrance, Bad Exit

World Series of Poker Europe

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Nov 12, 2010


On Sept. 23, I walked into the $16,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Europe main event with my best “poker face” on. Actually, I rode into Leicester Square in a red double-decker bus with a 16-piece band playing and 11 Lady Gaga impersonators singing Poker Face. It was one of my best entrances ever, but I was determined to make a good showing in the tournament, and with 30,000 in chips and a good blinds structure, I liked my chances of making a deep run. I went in with a plan: I would implement an extremely tight strategy, while giving myself permission to reraise when an opponent raised and seemed weak to me. I pretty much stuck to my strategy, and with the blinds at 200-400 and a 50 ante, the following hand came up: Everyone folded to the player in the small blind, and he raised, making it 1,200 ...

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