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I like the long version better. But my memory is that I folded those pocket queens to your aces on a flop without any high cards.
Folding with an ace on the flop to a shove is easy with pocket queens.

You are one of those people who like the additional information, that's why. :) And I bow to your superior memory...

A mathematician's opinion: "The greatest advantage in gambling lies in not playing at all." ~ Gerolamo Cardano.

Cardano, of course, was one of the fathers of probability theory, and an inveterate gambler. :) It was his livelihood when he was a struggling young physician. Also: see comments about how high-level poker is not the same things as gambling, i.e., not a game of pure chance.

That's a pretty mean looking photo of Michael! Honestly, he's really a very nice person!

I like the idea of a tournament for poker playing physicists in Vegas. Let's do it! I'm sure I'm no match for Binger, Vonk and Antonyan, but
I know I'll end up ahead of your Spousal Unit.

@Joanne: Shh! That's Michael's poker face! Can't let his WSOP opponents know he's really a nice guy....

@Jeff: I'm suggesting the Vegas tourney to Discover....

What an awesome idea!

If I had known there was trash being talked here, I would read the comments more often.

How did you know the cacophony was in C Major? It is, in fact...

(LV resident and slot machine designer)

@PT: I did my research. :)

Didn't know there was a bloggy version of the story - nice!

I'm definitely game for the physicists' tournament in Vegas. For the winner, a bracelet modeled after the LHC ring, perhaps? :)

Yes, so much good material had to be cut in the published version, I figured, heck, it'll make a great blog post. Plotting a meeting of poker-playing physicists in Vegas, baby!

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