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A Morning With Miles

A case study in deceptive behavior

by Roy Cooke |  Published: May 24, 2011


There is much deceptive imagery in this world. Few things are as they are projected to be, and you must read through the deception to comprehend what is real. People create false images to deceive others and advance their own selfish interests. Because poker is based on deception, poker players constantly try to create false images. Their selfish interest is, of course, to take your chips. I meandered into the cardroom early one Sunday morning — real early, like around 7 a.m. There wasn’t a $40-$80 limit hold’em game going, so I sat down in a $20-$40 game that had been going all night. The players looked tired, and some looked drunk. Sitting in seat 6 behind a massive mound of chips, spread all over the place, was Miles, a local player who was boisterously chugging his 26th pineapple juice and vodka while telling the rest of the table how ...

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