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  • Hand of the Week: Win the War, Not the Battles

    Date: 2013.01.08 | Category: Hand Of The Week | By: Phil Hellmuth   

    During the 2003 WSOP, poker pros Freddy Deeb and Marcel Luske had been really working me, bluffing me out of hands a combined 17 times in a single event!  Yes, they outplayed me many times that day, but their wins were relatively unimportant battles — really just a bunch of small pots.

    My plan was to win the war.

    That same year, at the Bellagio’s World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Classic, I faced off against Freddy Deeb once again.  This time, though, I wasn’t in the mood to let him run his bluffs against me.  Freddy started things off in a similar fashion, tossing in huge raises with the blinds at $100/$200, but once I started calling his game I had him dominated.  Obviously, when a person bluffs continuously and successfully, they’re getting away with something and need to be put in their place.  It was time for me to step in.

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