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Know Your Edge

by Matt Matros |  Published: Apr 17, 2013


Over the last year, I’ve written about lots of wacky poker ideas. I’ve defended unorthodox plays (or at least the willingness to make them), I’ve advised learning from bad players instead of mocking them, and of course, I’ve championed taking every tournament edge you can find no matter how small. As it happens, I recently had a hand in the Borgata Winter Open main event where each of these concepts came into a play. It’s a hand you won’t see very often — in fact, I may never see a hand quite like this one again — but that’s why concepts matter. A good decision-making process enables a poker player to handle whatever bizarre situation comes up. To describe the hand in question requires quite a bit of context, so bear with me. The tale takes place late on Day 1A, as I’ve just been moved to a new table. ...

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