Patti (whipartist) wrote,
Patti
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seed of an idea

When poker players say that they played well, they're generally thinking in terms of hands that they played. They're seeing that they played good cards and didn't throw away a lot of chips in bad situations. Someone who played very tight would say that he played well.

It's less common for us to see the opportunities that we missed. If we fold to a smallish bet when the pot has a big For Sale sign on it, we won't generally count that as a mistake even though we've just given up a lot of equity. We don't usually notice the blinds we could have stolen or the raises we missed. Someone who never put a chip into a pot he didn't win thinks he played brilliantly, no matter how much money he left on the table.

It's hard to see what you didn't do.
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