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Well, That Happens

by John Vorhaus |  Published: May 28, 2014


You’re dealt pocket kings and get all raisy-crazy preflop — as you should — only to face the dreaded ace on the flop. Well, that happens. You flop middle set and get meatgrindered by set-over-set. Well, that happens. Your A-2 Omaha/8 holding goes down in counterfeit flames when the river comes deuce to kill your low. Well, that happens. Your nut straight dies an agonizing death at the hands of a runner-runner flush draw. Well, that happens. Bad outcomes happen to everyone every day. The question is not, How can I avoid bad outcomes, for bad outcomes are inevitable. The question is, What do I do about it now? For years I have mostly just said, “Well, that happens,” and let those words be my mantra. When the words are working — when they’re feeding me the tranquility and perspective I need to stay off tilt — they’re worth their ...

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