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The room anxiously focused on the 55 remaining occupied chairs 10 of which would leave empty-handed and 450 that already had The cards slid across the felt in ordinary fashion but as I peeled them up just enough to catch a glimpse I knew my patience had been rewarded A player before me announced a raise shifting my mind into sixth gear I had played next to him for 16 hours the previous day so I knew his strengths and quirks and could gauge his actions before he made them I had acted the part of a young nave kid and partook in friendly banter which resulted in his kindly revealing more to me about his cards and playing style It had prepared me for this moment and I announced all in shoving my chip stack to the center of the table as the others folded to my new foe He finally called my bet and to my delight revealed his hand The numbers and odds involuntarily flashed through my head he had a 10 shot at making a straight or three of a kind and after factoring in both his cards being diamonds he had an added 4 chance to win with a flush It was that unfortunate 4 that did me in as the impartial dealer laid out eight four two all diamonds My opponents ace and queen instantly went from a six-to-one under-dog to undefeatable The one hand had cost me a guaranteed 20000 and a chance at more than half a million dollars I exited the casino greeted by the frigid foreign February air of Copenhagen At that moment I could not have foreseen that the mathematical and analytical skills I honed at the poker table would soon lead to a highly sought trading position nor could I grasp the significant representation that hand portrayed in regards to
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