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Our emotions have run the gamut from the inebriated elation following a big win which induced us to pound out a chorus of celebration on the top of an occupied Reno police car to the frustrated depths of biting a hole through a card after picking up what seemed our 23rd consecutive stiff hand against the dealer's ten up card. i've stared at the ceiling in the mockingly misnamed Victory Motel, wondering how in the name of Probability we could be good enough to win $400 in six hours of steady play downtown and bad enough to then lose $100 in each of nine Las Vegas Strip casinos in only three and a half hours that evening.

Our playing career has had a sort of a Faustian aspect to it, as we began to explore the mysteries of the game we began to lose, and the deeper we delved, the more we lost. There was even a time when we wondered if Messrs. Thorp, Wilson, Braun, and Epstein had, themselves, entered into a pact with the casinos to deliberately exaggerate the player's odds in the game. But after renewing my faith by confirming their figures for the basic game, we threw ourself once again into the fray, alas with the same results.

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The Loose-Passive Style
You might have thought I disparaged the loose-aggressive style, but compared to the loose-passive style, the loose-aggressive style is championship level poker.

Loose-passive is easily the worst of the four approaches, leading to poor results unless you have both good cards and bad opponents. Even then, the loose-passive style wins less than it should. With great cards, loose-passive will probably do better than tight passive and possibly even better than tight-aggressive simply because the loose-passive player gets involved in a lot of pots. Logically, if you're involved in a lot of pots with great cards, it's practically impossible not to win a lot.
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