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The second difference between amateur and professional is...is...hmm. What is second difference? Is there another difference?
The professional players have excellent poker skills, starting hand selection, flop play, reading other players, knowing when to bluff, when to call, when to get out of way. But then again, so do amateurs we see at final table.
Of course there is “dead money” at these tournaments, but can anyone make a legitimate argument that all because someone fixes teeth during day that he or she is a lesser poker player at night?
I'll be first to admit that I prefer to see a “name” or two at final table, but I also know that it is nigh impossible to make it to final table of one of these things on sheer luck.
Time to give amateurs some credit?
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