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The World Series of Poker

Our Man Comes Within a Hair Of a Seat in Poker's Grandest Event
Michael Konik
From the Print Edition:
Sylvester Stallone, Mar/Apr 98

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Fold weak hands and raise strong ones: Most amateurs play far too many hands, hoping to turn long shots into big scores. Expert players patiently fold their marginal hands until they're dealt a strong holding. At that point they will then bet aggressively, maximizing profitability.

Pick your spots for big confrontations: Professional players know that a single mistake in a game like No Limit can be fatal. So experts are careful not to confront other players with more chips, players who can bust them. In other words, they like to bully the small players and jab-and-move with the big boys.

Create an image: Other players base many of their decisions on their image of you. "Should I call him or fold? Is he the kind of player who would bluff me, or is he solid as a rock?" By deliberately creating a character for yourself--good-time Charlie, analytical math genius, inscrutable wild man--you can influence other players into making plays that benefit your bankroll.

The 1998 World Series of Poker begins on April 21 and runs through May 14. The Million Dollar Main Event starts on May 11. Binion's Horseshoe management estimates the total prize pool this year will exceed $13 million. --MK

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