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Chutzpah & Hearts: MARTHA FRANKEL,
Author of Hats & Eyeglasses

SS: The kids that are good online, are they good because they didn’t grow up playing live?

: I go to the casinos and I play against them, and they have no fucking idea how to play against real people. I don’t care what they say. They are so hostile and aggressive, and if you don’t rise to the occasion and you just play a good solid game you will beat them 95 percent of the time. Because they’re used to playing online. I just did a podcast with Ante Up. I said: “Here’s my prayer. I was ahead of the curve, a couple years ago, when I predicted that iceberg lettuce was going to come back into fashion, because people had had it with field greens.”

I'm going to predict that stud is going to be the next big game. And all those kids that play hold ’em — they’re not going to know what to do with themselves. Because Texas hold ’em, truly a monkey could learn. But stud is a more detailed game. Stud involves way more skill. You have to remember card setups, cards that have gone out, it’s a way deeper, more layered game. I see, one day, people will say, when they talk about hold ’em: “Oh, I hate that fucking game.”

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