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SPeak Performance by Jim Walz

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Chapter 17

Upping the Stakes

I've been to the table, and I've lost it all before

I'm willin' and able, always comin' back for more

Squeezin' out a thin dime 'til there's no one hanging on my arm

I've gambled on a third time, a fool will tell you it's a charm

If I'm bettin' on a loser, I'm gonna have a devil to pay

But it's the only game I know to play, it doesn't matter anyway.

Clint Black, “A Good Run of Bad Luck”

In a game of poker, the goal is to end up with a hand of cards that beats every other hand at the table. When bets are made, whether they are in the hundreds of dollars or merely matchsticks, each player must make the decision whether to play the round or fold. “Folding” means the player does not think he has a winning hand and ...

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