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Adam Stemple

Freezing or Felted: They Kind of Feel the Same

By November 15, 2012

My wife is a nurse. We live in Minnesota. Unsurprisingly, she has dealt with a number of people who have fallen through ice and drowned.

Or did they?

They have a saying amongst Minnesota nurses: "You're never dead until you're warm and dead." Many a person who was thought drowned and deceased was revived because the deep cold slowed them down enough that they didn't have time to die.

What does this have to do with poker, you ask? I'll get to that.

I've been playing a lot of Double or Nothing sit and go tournaments lately. 10 people sit down and five of us get paid twice our buy-in. They have fast structures with few chips and quick levels. When you lose a hand, it's usually for most of your stack, and you can feel like the money is out of reach.

It isn't. With such small chip stacks, even the chip leaders are playing short before too many rounds have gone by. This means they a less likely to call an all in by any stack that can hurt them. If you can manage even one win with a tiny stack or one steal with a small stack, you're right back in it. And you only have to beat half the field.

Many times I've taken bad beats to whittle my starting stack of $1,500 down to $200 or even less and still come back to cash. And every time I do, I think, "You're never dead until you're warm and dead."

And in poker, you're never out until your opponent is stacking your last chip.

Got any stories where you've come back from the dead? Share them in the poker forums.

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