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Conflicting Ideas

by Matt Matros |  Published: May 16, 2012


Matt MatrosI’ve churned out a lot of columns in my day, but how many exactly is “a lot?” I recently became curious about this question and decided to investigate. Lo and behold, I discovered that in March of this year, my 100th Card Player Magazine column was published. That seemed impossible! I didn’t know I could write a hundred of anything, although it did take quite a while. Seven years ago, the poker nation was still trying collectively to wrap its head around online professionals, soaring TV ratings, staggering book sales, and a 200 percent increase in World Series of Poker main event entrants. The scene has shifted dozens of times since then. Anyone remember the advent of multitabling? The first online heads-up display? Or when every main event at every tour stop had a $10,000 buy-in? Through it all, I’ve plugged away at these columns. And now I have a hundred of them.

Since it’s easy to miss one issue of over seven years, and since I know that not everyone reads every word in every issue anyway, it occurs to me that some readers out there have not actually read all of my columns. (Heck, some of you might be reading me for the first time.) So, in an effort to catch everyone up, I decided to review all the columns that preceded this one. But in the course of trying to summarize every piece of advice I’ve ever given, I came across a disturbing problem. Some of the guidelines I’ve put forth seem to be conflicting! Instead of rehashing all my old tips, then, I’ll look at the apparent contradictions in my poker strategy. Let’s see if there’s any kind of logical consistency, or if I’ve simply been making things up as I went along.

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