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Running Bad and Playing Better

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Oct 31, 2012


Having just concluded three weeks of World Championship of Online Poker action, I’ve got plenty of fresh bad beat stories. Some of them are run-of-the-mill stuff: lost coin flips, running A-J into A-K when I’ve only got 8 big blinds, etcetera. Some of them are cringe-inducing: A-A losing to A-Q, sets losing to flush draws, etcetera. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with them. Everyone who plays poker tournaments has his or her own collection of such stories, and I’m sure you do too. There’s a reason for this: you’ve got to be eliminated somehow. An old writing teacher of mine used to say that, “If things don’t end badly, they never end at all.” He was talking about romantic relationships, but it’s even more true of poker tournaments. Every player except one will be eliminated eventually, and there are only a handful of ways to lose all ...

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