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In poker tournaments, you'll often hear players complain. They'll go all-in with a flush draw, straight draw, and two over-cards.
And they'll lose, missing all of their outs.
"How could I lose?," they'll ask. "I had half the deck!"
While twenty-six cards would have put them on the winning side of things, it simply wasn't to be this time. The poker gods were not smiling upon them.
But that's how it goes, sometimes. Whether you are in a poker game or not, you could have half the deck in your favor and still lose. It doesn't seem fair, but that's the way it goes.
You can't go back and change the cards, can't change the fact that you put all of your chips in the middle. You can't change the decisions you have made.
But sometimes, half the deck is against you. Or more. Maybe you turn over three-of-a-kind aces, only to see that your opponent has all four of the Kings, an impossibly bad spot for you. With one card to come, the ace of spades is the only card left in the deck that can save you.
You start to put on your coat, your elimination from the tournament inevitable.
And then the dealer flips over the last card.
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