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Aunt Sophie Sees the Future: Part II

Two theories

by Michael Wiesenberg |  Published: Dec 10, 2010


Aunt Sophie had asked how it seemed that sometimes she could predict the future in poker. I had discussed how players lie to the poker gods, promising never again to make a particular bad play if just this one time they got away with it, but then, of course, doing it again, thus saddening those gods. “Uh-huh,” put in Aunt Sophie, “but that’s not really what I mean. I started by saying, ‘How is it that sometimes I just know when I’m going to win the next hand?’ And when you asked, I said that sometimes I have the feeling of just wishing I would win the next time, and sometimes I do win in that situation, but, as you explained and I myself have observed, more often I don’t. But what I really mean is those times I just know I’m going to win the next hand. I have ...

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