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World Poker Tour — A-10 vs. 10-10

Hindsight is 20/20

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Apr 15, 2011

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The poker tour swung into Commerce Casino in L.A. in late January for the L.A. Poker Classic, and on Feb. 25, a month of poker climaxed with the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour event. I have been working hard on my game, and going into the WPT event, I felt like I was locked into a great strategy. My tactics were simple: I would play really patient poker and wait for the cards (and the chips) to come my way. I wasn’t afraid to fold 9-8 suited, A-J offsuit, or A-2 suited. Playing only strong hands led to some great situations, and day one was smooth sailing, with nary a scary moment. Day two also was smooth, and almost risk-free. I knew then that my new tactics (“old-school Phil” tactics) would work well against almost any field. On day three, I stuck to my tactics, but I was ready to ...


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