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by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Aug 21, 2013

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How many times have you seen a deal where both no-limit hold’em players had to put all their money into the pot, because they both had fine hands. One of them was mighty unlucky when the other guy or gal won the whole pot. A lot of players think with this kind of layout it is simply a question of good luck versus bad luck — and that often is the case. However, it is also often the case that even when the play is impeccable after the flop, someone never belonged in the pot to start with. Let’s look at a couple of hands and decide whether the loser was unlucky or sowed the seed of his own destruction. Assume the game is $5-$10 no-limit hold’em blinds and both players start with a grand worth of chips. Here is a simple situation. Player A holds a pair of jacks ...


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