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Head Games With Shawn Buchanan, Shannon Shorr and Galen Hall

Polarization 101 And Beyond

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Aug 24, 2011

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Sometimes it’s hard to get a straight answer from a professional poker player. Ask three players a question and you’re liable to get three different answers. Why? Because, the answer depends. It depends on the situation, opponent, stack sizes, table image, tilt, metagame, and so on. Head Games will peer deep inside the complex minds of today’s top players. We’ll reveal why they do what they do in sticky situations, especially when it comes down to making a critical decision for a major tournament title or calling a check-raise all in on the river holding only ace high for a $500,000 pot. Let the games begin. The Players: Shawn Buchanan, Shannon Shorr and Galen Hall Craig Tapscott: When a player’s hand range is polarized, it means they are acting in such a way that their probable holdings are divided between two options — either very strong or very weak. Can ...


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