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Ignorance and Apathy

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Nov 26, 2014


Read this column to the end and it will reveal a common behavior that can have a major impact on your results. In New York City in the 70’s, the best high-low declare player was probably Norman Berliner. In this variation, you must declare whether you are going for high, low or both. Players declared simultaneously by placing chips in their closed fist (0=low, 1=high and 2=both), and opening at the same time. He was so good at declarations that the other players started calling him The Devil. Norman was the first player I ever saw declare low with a full house. And he was correct! He once jokingly asked me, “What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?” After pausing a few beats, he stated, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” Some 40 years later, I heard a comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival make the same joke. Of ...

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