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Clever Hans

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Mar 28, 2018


In the last few years, young German poker geniuses have been extraordinarily successful. Superstar Fedor Holz has been the leader of the pack. So, you might think that Hans is another great Germanic player, who is about to take the world by storm. No Hans, now long deceased, was not a poker player. In fact, he was not even human, he was a horse. I frequently hear or read that tells are relatively unimportant in today’s games. While this may be true online, nothing could be more wrong when it comes to live games. Players state they can’t pick up any valuable information from their opponents. Whenever I hear this, I think of Hans. Wikipedia tells us that, “Hans was said to have been taught to add, subtract, multiply, divide, work with fractions, tell time, keep track of the calendar, differentiate musical tones, and read, spell, and understand German. Von ...

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