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The Locard Principle of Exchange

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Oct 15, 2014

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I read a lot. Everything from fictional mysteries to nonfiction psychology books. In the course of all this reading, I frequently come across something that might also be seen as applying to poker, even though the concept occurs in a totally different context. This is the first in a series of columns that will illustrate how something from another area might be applied to poker. In forensic science, there is a ‘law’ called Locard’s Principle of Exchange. Basically, it states that whenever there is a crime, the perpetrator brings something with him that is left at the crime scene and takes something from the crime scene. The goal of forensic science is to find something he left. This may lead to capturing the perpetrator. When you have a suspect, try to find whatever he has taken. That will prove he was there. The evidence may be a huge bag of ...


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