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“Poker is a game of misdirection, manipulation, and lies.”

—Barbara Connors1

Parts 2 and 3 discussed the first half of the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, learning about your opponents. Now we will discuss its second half, deceiving them. Sklansky’s theorem dealt only with confusing people about your cards, but we will go further and discuss ways to deceive them about your cards, intentions, playing style, and personality. You should follow three rules:

1. Don’t give away information.

2. Be judiciously deceptive.

3. Create the right image.

This introduction will briefly discuss the first rule. The next two chapters discuss the second and third rules

Don’t Give Away Information

Far too many people give away information that comes back to haunt them. They often don’t realize how badly they hurt themselves by talking too much, showing cards, and expressing feelings nonverbally.

Bad beat stories are among the most common and foolish ways of giving away information. Winners rarely tell them, while countless losers bore us with them. When you tell a bad beat story, you gain nothing, but you can hurt yourself in one or more of these ways:

· You tell people how you think and play.

· You tell people how another person thinks and plays.

· You appear weak and self-pitying


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