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Dead, It’s No Place to Live Your Life

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Sep 01, 2013


“It’s OK to draw dead as long as the pot is big enough,” goes the old saying. Of course, it’s meant to be a joke. Drawing dead is, well, it’s drawing dead; you can’t win and your bets are dead money. But even great players sometimes draw dead. And it’s often correct! Of course, it’s never correct to knowingly draw dead, but to assume some risk of drawing dead is often the right play choice. And it’s inevitable that, when you assume that risk, in some scenarios you will be drawing dead. It was the first weekend of the WSOP, a highly lucrative time for Las Vegas poker. I was playing in an action $40-$80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio. Three players limped preflop, and the button raised. The small blind (SB) called, and I peered down to the A Q in the big blind (BB). I contemplated whether to ...

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