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The Most Overused Expressions in Poker

by Michael Wiesenberg |  Published: Nov 14, 2012

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“One time” In one of the 24 broadcasts of the World Series of Poker main event, prominent participants were asked what the most overused expression in poker is. To a man — and to a woman — all said, “One time.” Emphasizing that point, a number of all-in confrontations were covered, and in almost all of them the player needing help said those overused words. Typical was, “A diamond, dealer, one time.” The expression was given a spurious role as something due every player as long as the player uses it only once. When one prominent player was all in needing a two-outer on the river, she said, seemingly in all seriousness, “I guess I shouldn’t have used my one time before when I needed that diamond.” She seemed to be implying that her heaven-sent wish would have been granted had she not already used it up. I don’t know ...


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