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Diverging Paths

by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Oct 03, 2012


In poker, there are many paths that can be taken in a hand, a session, or a tournament. Different paths lead to different outcomes and the littlest things could make the difference between a winning session and a losing one, cashing or not cashing in a tournament, cashing for small money or making the final table, etcetera. I believe the butterfly effect is very prevalent in poker. If one person who wasn’t going to show up at the casino that day walks in and plays in the game you’re playing, it could have a very large effect on whether you win or lose that day. If someone who usually plays a hand one way plays it differently, it may change who wins or loses that pot and, subsequently, it might change your state of mind and whether you have a good or bad session. It’s something I think about often ...

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