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When I Was a Donk -- Dan Harrington

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Sep 19, 2012


In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their game. Dan Harrington is the 1995 World Series of Poker main event champion and has over $6.3 million in live tournament earnings over the course of his career. The 66-year-old pro known as “Action Dan” is a former champion chess and backgammon player and has two WSOP bracelets, a WPT title and is the author of the “Harrington On Hold’em” series, considered to be among the best poker strategy books ever written. Here, Harrington relives one of his early mistakes and explains what learned from it. “One thing that kind of shaped my philosophy earlier in my career was a hand I played against Gus Hansen. “I was sitting on a relatively short stack just outside ...

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