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It’s a Hard Way to Make an Easy Living

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jul 01, 2012


It was a week I’d like to forget, but it is ingrained in my brain. An exceptionally fast action tourist had come to town and was shooting up the $40-80 limit hold’em games at the Bellagio. Straddling, capping and playing virtually every hand were all part of his repertoire. Chips were racing around the table. Hit a few hands and a month’s equity could be yours in a couple of hours. Conversely, run cold and you’ll have some serious making up to do when the live one leaves town. Me, I ran cold as ice and could only watch in horror as my chips went to Mr. Fast-Action or got dispersed around the table. I had my worst weekly loss of my poker life. All poker players go through such downhill slides, though at the time it always seems like we are the recipients of the unluckiest poker run in ...

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