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Generation Next: Paul Volpe Handles the Good With the Bad (Beats) During an Exceptional Year

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jan 18, 2011

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If playing online tournaments is your chosen profession or even a weekend hobby, bad luck or bad beats will happen often. It’s unavoidable. Online star Paul “paulgees81” Volpe knows that fact all too well. In the recent PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $10,000 high-roller no-limit hold’em event, he bubbled the final table after being the chip leader for much of the tournament. Yet, he has no regrets. He made the right decision on the flop, and got his chips in good. Still, the beat stung — not just for five minutes, but for a few hours. But Volpe’s A-game never left him, mainly because he’s learned from experience to settle down, take a deep breath, and let the cards tumble where they may. “Over time, the bad beats have affected me less,” said Volpe. “I’ve won a good amount of money in the past. If I’d never won ...


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