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Event Horizon of a Poker Session

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Jan 16, 2019


First, I want to compliment the Bellagio which allowed some conversation when pots were heads-up during its recent poker tournament. I played in the seniors event and found that the short discussions were entertaining and created a friendly ambiance. Evolutionary psychology discusses thoughts and behaviors that tended to help our ancient primate and homo sapiens ancestors survive and reproduce. Obviously, we are descended from those who reproduced. One of the most important elements of survival is food. A typical hunter-gatherer had to find food regularly to survive. This entailed being extremely persistent in the search for sustenance. Success depended on continuing each day’s search until food had been gained. Thus, we are evolutionarily programmed not to quit when we haven’t succeeded. This behavior probably still works well for salesmen, but it is horrendously counter-productive for poker players. Yet, almost all cash game players at all levels follow their biological programming. ...

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