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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now: The Subtle Side of Live Poker

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Aug 21, 2013


I got my start as a professional poker player early in 2003 as a proposition player in Cripple Creek, Colorado. A prop is a player paid an hourly wage by the house to start games and keep games going. Located nearly two miles above sea level, Cripple Creek is a former boomtown one hour west of Colorado Springs hidden behind Pike’s Peak. It’s close enough that there’s always people there, but far enough away that there usually aren’t many people there. The purpose of a prop is to fill in those dead times. I would show up for work at noon along with another prop. If anybody was there already then they were expecting us, because we always arrived at noon looking for a game. We wore street clothes and didn’t identify with the casino unless asked, as required by law. Eventually a pair of guys would walk in looking ...

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