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Mind Over Poker: Minimizing Luck

by David Apostolico |  Published: Nov 12, 2010


A few years back, I went through a stretch of about six tournaments in a row in which I was eliminated on the very first hand that I faced elimination. What I mean by that is that in each tourney, the first time that I was all in against an opponent who had me covered, I lost. And, in each of those six tournaments, I was a significant favorite in the hand when the money went in. Was I unlucky? Perhaps, but it revealed a more fundamental problem with my game at the time. I was reminded of this period of time during my last tourney. In that tournament, which I won, the first time that I was all in with an opponent who had me covered was when I was heads up. Since my adversary was drawing dead when the money went in, I was never in a situation ...

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