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A reader’s rant

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Feb 01, 2011


I recently wrote a column in Vol. 23/No. 23 (“Don’t Think About Turning Pro if You Have Ever Thought …”) in which I picked out certain common costly misconceptions that I frequently hear stated by poker players. I usually don’t like to repeat things without allowing some time to pass, so that newer players are exposed to some of my older ideas, but I think the concept I’m about to repeat is important enough that it’s OK. In part, that column said the following: If you think, I can’t win in games where everyone plays badly, this idea is usually accompanied by some additional statements: They play terrible hands and always get lucky against me. I can’t figure out what they’re doing. I do better when there are a few good players in the game. I can assure you that it is much better to play in a game with ...

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