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Flushing Away Chips With A-7 at the World Series of Poker Europe

A poorly played hand

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Nov 26, 2010


With 30 minutes to go before the 7 p.m. dinner break in the main event of the World Series of Poker Europe, I was in full control of my game. I was sticking to my game plan of playing very tight and reraising my opponents once every 30 minutes or so when I thought they were weak. Because I was playing so patiently (they had to give me credit for having a hand when I did reraise), and because I seemed to be pretty sharp (I seemed to know when they were weak), I won almost every pot that I reraised preflop. Oftentimes, I had nothing! So, I was picking up about the right amount of “free” chips, and my patience kept me in there and gave me a chance to play some big pots with some strong hands. I had 34,000 or so in chips — we started with ...

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