For poker players, understanding variance comes easily. It becomes second nature. On some days, aces get cracked and draws miss, while on other days, you leave with a bruise under your eye from getting hit in the face by the deck.

The upswings, and inevitable downswings, give poker players an insight into luck, and more specifically, how little control they have over it. Card players have an inherent sense of knowing that you can do everything right and you can still come out on the losing…

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