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Head Games: How to Handle Variance - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Sep 05, 2012


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: It depends. On the situation, opponent, stack sizes, table image, tilt, metagame, etcetera. Head Games will peer deep inside the twisted 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 Pros: Eric Baldwin, Christina Lindley, and David Sands. Craig Tapscott: How does your game change if you are on a huge heater or upswing and affect your overall game play, both good and bad? Eric Baldwin: The biggest difference when I am on a good run is that I’m playing ...

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