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A Polarizing Concept

Understanding the term “polarization”

by Matt Matros |  Published: Mar 04, 2011

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If you were lucky enough to catch ESPN2’s recent broadcast of poker the way that it was meant to be shown — live, with exposed holecards, and with expert commentary — you were treated to five hours of extremely strong play, and a higher quality of analysis than has ever before appeared on television. I hope that ESPN2’s format for covering the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) becomes the norm for televising poker in the years to come. It’s so much fun not knowing when the final bust-out will take place! Among the many poker concepts illuminated by ESPN2 analyst Daniel Negreanu (tournament poker’s all-time winningest player, incidentally) over the course of the broadcast was that of “polarization.” I’ll try to repeat Daniel’s explanation here, if you missed it. I’ll also go into a little more detail about when and why the concept is useful. To understand polarization, we first ...


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