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Layne Flack

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Layne Flack’s reputation precedes him. The World Poker Tour describes Layne as “poker’s party boy” and “a dynamo in action.” The Travel Channel says he “plays an ultra-aggressive brand of poker.” Phil Hellmuth describes Layne as a “no-limit poker genius.”

 

One only need observe Layne for a moment to instantly witness an effervescent, chatty, intelligent, and refreshingly honest young man. Nearly everyone is aware of Layne’s nickname, “Back-to-Back Flack,” for his amazing feat of winning two coveted World Series of Poker bracelets back-to-back in no-limit hold’em events in 2002. He won the tournament’s first two no-limit hold’em events that year, topping fields of 449 and 528 players. The guy is relentless.

 

Growing Up

 

Layne was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 18, 1969, and grew up mostly in Montana. He moved back to South Dakota to graduate from high school in 1987, and began working in a casino.

 

In 1991, he went back to college in South Dakota, and during the summers, he went to Deadwood, South Dakota, to deal cards. (Deadwood was made famous by the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in the late 1870s.) Word has it that Layne was one of the best poker dealers ever.

 

A Taste of Poker

 

“In 1993, I met a girl and we moved to Reno. I played poker and won about $10,000 in a month. Then, I started playing bigger. I played in a no-limit tournament at the Reno Hilton and won it. I started winning, and it came easy to me.

 

“My daughter Hailey was born in 1995. I moved back to Montana with my girlfriend and my daughter. We moved to Bozeman, Montana, to open up a cardroom in the casino. I did that for a while, but the mistake I made was caring more about work than my family.”

 

Vegas Bound

 

“I came alone to Vegas in 1997. In August, I entered the Hall of Fame $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament at the Horseshoe, and with little experience, I won the tournament and $67,800. I still haven’t spent that money! I helped out some friends who haven’t yet paid me back.

 

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I moved back to Montana for a while. Then in 1998, I finally moved back to Vegas for good.”

 

An Ego Boost From Johnny Chan

 

“When I first came back to Vegas, I seemed to win everything I touched. I won in limit and in no-limit, and started playing in an Omaha split $300-$600 game. I was beating up everyone.

 

“One day, I won a Situs pkv games tournament but practically lost it all in a side game. It was late and I was losing. Johnny Chan said, ‘Hey, kid, get some sleep and I will stake you tomorrow.’ That was quite an ego boost. I played the Rio $500 no-limit tournament; Johnny staked me and I won it. Our deal was 50 percent with make-up.”

 

Johnny Chan is one of poker’s most respected players for his skill, his poker finesse, and the nine WSOP bracelets he has won. The fact that he would stake Layne was not only a great compliment to Layne, but also a great read by Johnny, judging by Layne’s incredible tournament success.

 

Some Stats

 

Layne cannot remember all of his high finishes, but here are some of them:

 

December 2004, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, 13th, $6,690

 

November 2004, consolation tournament; Monte Carlo Millions, second, $40,000

 

October 2004, $3,000 no-limit hold’em; Festa al Lago III, second, $96,168

 

October 2004, $6,000 no-limit hold’em; Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic, second, $500,000

 

September 2004, $2,500 no-limit hold’em; Borgata Poker Open — WPT, fifth, $36,788

 

June 2004, $10,000 no-limit hold’em; Championship Poker at the Plaza, sixth, $20,000

 

March 2004, $1,000 no-limit hold’em; World Poker Challenge, 18th, $1,922

 

December 2003, $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better; Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, first, $92,150

 

November 2003, $300 half seven-card stud & half limit hold’em; World Poker Finals, 15th, $1,362

 

September 2003, $100 no-limit hold’em — twilight; Four Queens Poker Classic, first, $9,811

 

September 2003, $500 Omaha eight-or-better; Four Queens Poker Classic, first, $15,715

 

May 2003, $1,500 limit hold’em shootout; World Series of Poker, first, $120,000

 

May 2003, $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better; World Series of Poker, first, $119,260

 

April 2003, $5,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, ninth, $11,800

 

April 2003, $25,000 no-limit hold’em; Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship, 10th, $31,997

 

April 2003 $2,500 no-limit hold’em; Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic, 16th, $4,888

 

February 2003, WPT Invitational Tournament; first, $125,000

 

November 2002, $10,000 no-limit hold’em — WPT; World Poker Finals, second, $186,900

 

May 2002, $1,500 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $268,020

 

April 2002, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $303,880

 

May 2001, $5,000 seven-card stud; World Series of Poker, 11th, $7,565

 

April 2001, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, third, $81,270

 

August 2000, $5,000 no-limit hold’em; Legends of Poker championship event, first, $114,000

 

May 2000, $5,000 Omaha eight-or-better; World Series of Poker, third, $59,400

 

May 1999, $3,000 pot-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $224,400

 

April 1999, $1,500 limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, eighth, $18,270

 

April 1998, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, second, $133,000

 

August 1997, $1,500 no-limit hold’em; Hall of Fame, first, $67,800

 

Back-to-Back Flack

 

Layne’s first WSOP bracelet was won in 1999. Although he was in the money the next two years, he didn’t dazzle the poker community until 2002.

 

In April 2002, he won his second WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 no-limit hold’em event, taking home $303,880. Two weeks later, he entered the $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament and decimated his competitors again, taking home an additional $268,020.

 

Layne waded through nearly a thousand competitors total to capture these two first-place wins. And he won more than $570,000 in two weeks. Yep, that Johnny Chan sure had a good read on Layne!

 

By the way, the next year, Layne did it again, winning two more bracelets back-to-back. But it just wasn’t as exciting in 2003, since we all knew he could pull off that sort of thing. It wasn’t as shocking, but it was still awesome.

 

Game Analysis

 

“When I first started playing poker, I didn’t even know I could play no-limit. When I first started playing, I was winning. I don’t know how I did it. When some people asked me questions, I gave answers that flabbergasted them.

 

“As it turns out, in no-limit, everything you think you should do, do the opposite. In no-limit, you shouldn’t raise on the button, because everyone steals on the button.

 

“I was always a great people reader. In no-limit, a person might have to go all in. Everyone thinks you should go after the short stack, but I believe you should go after the big stacks. Not only that, the big stacks play scared against you because they have something to lose.

 

“I have many weaknesses in my game. Boredom is one and discipline is another. Getting ahead of myself is a big one. Then again, sometimes it benefits me. You never know. You can’t complain about what you’ve done wrong, as long as you learn from it.”

 

When I asked Layne to rate his play, he said: “A lot of people put me in the top category. Chip Jett told me that, undoubtedly, I’m in the top. But I would never say that about myself. I swore to my girlfriend a long time ago that I would always stay humble.”

 

Jerry Buss

 

“At one point in 1999, I stayed home and ran thousands of poker hands in my head. Then, I started playing in Larry Flynt’s $2,000-$4,000 stud game. I moved up to the $6,000-$12,000 game at Harrah’s, where I met Jerry Buss. When you meet someone, you can tell who they are and what they’re made of. We formed a friendship bond. I love his entourage. I go to all the Laker games and I feel so privileged.”

 

In 2003, Layne and Jerry were heads up at the WPT Celebrity Invitational Tournament that many of us watched on TV. It was interesting to see how the two smiled and joked with one another, almost as if they were related. Jerry made a respectable showing for a nonprofessional, but Layne was in complete control and won the title, the honor, and $125,000.

 

Addiction

 

Layne is a gutsy guy who deserves respect for his frankness. He openly spoke about his use of alcohol and drugs, a topic gossiped about and widely discussed.

 

“I used to have a beer on each side of me. I could walk in and hardly drink, but because I have an outgoing personality, I got a bad rap. I could have a beer in front of me and people would think I was drunk, so a lot of people thought I was drunk all the time.

 

“Before 2000, I drank but never did drugs. Then, in Tunica, Mississippi, someone gave me an ecstasy pill. From there, I started trying everything. I don’t regret any of it. I wanted to learn about drugs. I was bored. I wanted to try stuff. I had plenty of money. I never had to be anywhere. I enjoyed it. But a person can do that for only so long.

 

“I remember playing in the Legends of Poker in August of 2000. I was being staked by Ted Forrest. At the end, I was heads up against Jeff (Shulman). The night before, Ted and I stayed up and partied all night long. I was so out of it, I couldn’t even drive myself to the casino. I had to take a cab to get there. Even though I was wasted, I still won.

 

“I am one of the most cognitive drunks around. I could be passed out on my chips, but when the floorman came over, I could tell him exactly what just happened.

 

“I knew I had to stop.”

 

The Intervention

 

“I discipline myself in certain ways. I lost a few hundred thousand betting sports. So now, I don’t watch sports so that I won’t bet and lose. I know if I watch, I will bet, and I don’t want to fall back into that. I discipline myself on things where I know I need to stay away.

 

“In my mind, I thought I could stop drinking and doing drugs. I guess the people who love me had a different idea. My brother called from South Dakota to ask my friend Daniel Negreanu (who was staking me) if there was anything he could do to help. My girlfriend, Paulette, searched for a program, which I agreed to do. It cost $60,000.

 

“Daniel paid the 60K for my rehab. I went into the program from July 22 through August 22, 2004. When I came out, the doctor gave me Ritalin, because I am hyperactive. I do well with no sleep. I have pretty close to a photographic memory. The doctor gave me 10 cards. Although I can’t remember a name, I could say the 10 cards frontward and backward.

 

“I don’t drink or do anything now, because I think that many people are in my corner, and I don’t want to let them down. Everything is boring to me except winning. No one is staking me. I have goals that are more near to me.

 

“I also have a 24-year-old girlfriend who keeps my mind full. And what keeps me going is helping other people. Paulette thinks it’s one of the greatest things about me.”

 

Intuition

 

“I seem to have an intuition in poker that is amazing. I …

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THE ACTUAL sbobet TOURNAMENT

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I HAVEN’T EVEN GOTTEN TO THE PARTY YET SO JUST BEAR WITH ME

Let’s just skip to the final table shall we. It’s the main event, the part we all came to see. Actually very few of us came here to play poker, but this is the best of it and it certainly deserves a telling.

10 players remained and 5 were sbobet Palmetto proud (This is a South Carolina expression meaning they’re homeboys). In fact, 40% of the final table was comprised of members of the Smith family. I’ve tried all afternoon to think of any event where a single family has shown so much dominance and the closest I can come up with is the Corleones.

The entire table looked like this :

Double As

Dr. Pauly

Wes Nile Virus

Shep Tiltstein

Team Scott Smith

Debbie Smith

The Wolverine (also a Smith)

Lefty

Daddy

Uncle Brian (who knocked me out)

Honorary Feature Table bubble and 11th place finisher = Al Can’t Hang

At the start DoubleAs held a massive chip advantage and Daddy was close behind. The Wolverine cut into both stacks with some very crafty plays. Then shortly after Uncle Brian (Stupid pocket Kings) busted out we had the hand of the century….******* For Much Greater Detail on this hand you must read the END of this post a future post [ed’s correction], but here’s the short version:

Only two players, Daddy and The Wolverine see the flop :

It’s A-7-7.

The turn is a rag.

The river is a 7.

Daddy bets the river and The Wolverine pushes all in. Daddy says, “You have quads don’t you?” Then he lays down, FOLDS, pocket aces.

The Wolverine shows the hammer, Quad 7s.

AN APOLOGY

Meanwhile, the party was rockin’ outside. Four pretty girls dressed, oddly, as Hooter’s girls arrived. They brought dozens of their closest friends. My buddy Ted and his parents arrived and his mother who has very nice Hooters herself begged me to touch the muscles of her thigh. She’d been working out and, while I was uncomfortable, I hate to be rude.

Eva’d made me another LIT and a coupla carbombs too. I’d started tinkering with SoCo and had a head full of beer. After the previous night, it was easy to get the stupid flowing. Dr. Jeff calls it the “shampoo effect”.

THE SHAMPOO EFFECT

You know how when you lather your hair and then rinse, you get a pretty mild lather of bubbles on the hair.

But…

If you follow the directions and actually REPEAT the process you almost instantly get a full head of giant bubbles. The previous wash made the second one quicker.

Likewise, if you still feel last night’s booze, today’s is coming FAST.

Friends my buzz was moving like my Head and Shoulders and Al Can’t Hang is a lousy conditioner. Therefore, I’m a bit sketchy on the EXACT tournament details but I can tell what I remember. Most of my memories begin at the DRUNK OLYMPICS…

SANS CHEESE BALLS

WHAT I REMEMBER

Pauly beat Wes (The Big Pirate). They chopped the pot and then had one had to determine a champion. It was Pauly.

Within moments the gospel spread and the great game was over. Millions of devout Pauly fans shed tears of joy, millions of pirates returned to their jobs at Capital One. Better still, the DRUNK OLYMPICS were ready to begin.

Otis, Al and I dragged a PA system with two speakers to the upper corner of the driveway, Otis plugged it in, and said, “Hello” to the crowd. They were all there by then, and even the Hooters girls perked up.

CJ and BG were the referees.…

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The 2011 Comeback Kids

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Down on your poker luck, who doesn’t think of the famous Jack Straus maxim “a chip and a chair”? Twenty-nine years ago, in the 1982 World Series of bandar judi pulsa tournament, Jack Strauss was reduced to nothing but a $500 chip and his chair. Days later, creating the legend of one of the most amazing comebacks in the history of poker, Jack Strauss won the tournament, and a $500,000 purse.

“A chip and a chair” is all you need to make your comeback. And in 2011, there are already some serious underdogs writing their own comeback stories …

Chris Moneymaker

The one-time-lucky, seven-year-bust, comeback-accountant

Who doesn’t know the story of Chris Moneymaker? He is likely the single greatest reason for poker’s popularity boom in the last 8 years. As a total unknown in 2003, and working as an accountant in Tennessee, Moneymaker bought into a $39 satellite tournament on PokerStars. He ended up winning a seat a the World Series of Poker Main Event, the most revered and coveted tournament in the world, and became a legend.

Moneymaker bested a field of 838 players. In the final heads-up match, he faced Sammy Farha, a well-known and highly successful poker celebrity. Moneymaker took first place, and the enormous $2.5 million grand prize. He quit his job to become a professional poker player, and went on to live the dream!

But, Moneymaker was a total bust.

From 2005 through most of 2008, Moneymaker didn’t record just about any live tournament cash worth talking about. In 2008, he recorded two cashes for just over $150k. In 2009, he recorded one cash for $15k. Considering living expenses, and regular poker losses, these types of cashes after 4 years of running dry were nothing but blips on the radar. (2010? No real cashes.) People have looked at Moneymaker as an amateur who got lucky once, and just didn’t have what it takes to be a regular winner. Generating mostly losses for seven years (not like he couldn’t afford to) does not earn you respect.

Enter 2011… Moneymaker hired a mental coach. He began leaning on his experience of 8 years of regular play. He developed strategies, and studies regularly. Moneymaker has decided to stop being a lucky player, and start being a smart one. The result? 2011 is only three months in, and he won second place in the National Heads up Championship (to the tune of a cool $300,000) and 11th place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event (for a respectable $130,000). In these three short months, he has pulled in more significant tournament money than in the entire seven years prior.

His rate of winning far exceeds anything he has ever accomplished to date, and his consistent performances suggest a totally new style of play. With determination, and the willingness to invest in developing his skill, Moneymaker has taken a whole new tack and completely upended all the negative opinions. Moneymaker is on the comeback trail, and just might be earning the respect of poker professionals by the end of 2011.

Patrik Antonius

The Finnish Rollercoaster

2009 was the year of Patrik Antonius. Up $9 million, almost all of it in online winnings, the Finnish pro put up a stellar performance. But later that year, he admitted in an interview that he “lost millions, millions, millions of dollars with other stuff last year.”

2010 didn’t get any better. He lost $3.6 million in the year from high stakes cash games alone, going nowhere about as fast as you can go. In addition to his poker losses, Antonius reportedly lost millions in sports bets, and millions on the golf course. To cap it all off, Antonius began suffering seriously from his back problems, and was forced to attend rehabilitation sessions twice a day. Antonius summed it all up pretty simply: “I hate these moments when everything just goes bad.”

That’s what they call a tailspin.

Enter 2010… Antonius plays Draw Poker. A lot of Draw Poker. It’s March, and he’s won more almost $2 million at this game alone. With his other online poker efforts, he pulled in by the end of February a huge $3 million in profit. That’s more than Moneymaker made in one of the world’s largest tournaments in 2003!

Let’s put this in perspective: last year in March, Antonius was negative $3 million. That is a $6 million difference year-to-date. That is more money than most people will earn in two lifetimes! Antonius credits his intense focus and work ethic for his ability to create such a turnaround. But come on Patrik, what poker secret do you know that we don’t? Regardless, we’ve only got respect for a player who can comeback like this.

Just remember poker players: no matter how bad it gets (losing $3 million in three months is pretty bad!), there is always another comeback story waiting to be written. All you need is a chip and a chair……

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Danger, Otis slot hoki Robinson!

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It shoves a poorly-manicured thumbnail in your navel and twists. It drags you by your nose into dark corners where ne’er-do-wells skulk and rodents feed on trash. Perhaps more dangerous, it hangs you from a mountain summit and says, “So, you wanna play, huh? Well, then let’s play.”

Limit Hold’em has been boring me recently. I usually play slot hoki limit on Empire. The variance has been a little high recently. That was of little concern to me. Variance is variance. I was getting a little tired, though, of playing perfect poker and losing. And, of course, even the most disciplined among us tend to tilt a little when the bad run runs too long. When that happens, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not playing perfect poker.

I was on the verge of something we all do from time to time. I was about to take a break. I was going to try to wrap my head around the game without playing it. Bobby Baldwin’s chapter in Super System was about to get some serious work. I like to call myself a a limit player who dabbles in no-limit tourneys. If I was going to talk like that, I needed to back it up.

In the spirit of Al Can’t Hang, Pauly, and Iggy, perhaps a drinking analogy is appropriate here.

I see Limit Hold’em as a beer drinker’s game. It’s a steady game, well-paced, with little room for disaster unless you choose otherwise. Sure, it’s possible to have a few too many and wake up wicked hungover. But there’s little doubt, you made the choice to do that, and the hangover usually isn’t that bad.

No-limit, as we all know, is for people who like to ride the lightning. It’s a shot-drinker’s game. If you choose to have one drink and wait for the nuts, you’re going to be okay. But if you’re really committed to playing the game, you’ve got to be willing to be hungover for three days. You’ve got to be willing to go broke.

As a semi-professional drinker, I know both games pretty well. I’ve suffered the victories. I’ve suffered the hangovers. I’ve made some decent money and I’ve almost gone broke a couple of times.

Simply put, those are the devils I know. And, frankly, I’ve been a little bored.

A bored poker player can be as dangerous as a bored drinker. When one gets bored, he starts to experiment. That brings us to Otis’ latest experiment in chasing the high.

Two-hundred dollar buy-in Pot Limit.

After a recent final table finish in Empire’s $25,000 guarantee Sunday night tourney, my bankroll was such that I could afford to lose $200. On a bored evening, I recently sat down at the $200 PL and decided to play.

I won $350 in a 45 minute session.

I stood up, and rightly, went out for a drink or ten. I ruminated over the possibilities for most of the evening. It seemed way too easy. I had hit and run the table for a sizable chunk of cash. There was a part of me that thought I had just found a poker utopia. Like anyone who buys a lottery ticket, I had visions of grandeur. The 45 minute session had just crowned me king of the poker world.

Of course, when I was thinking, I was drinking. I was no king. I was a guy sitting at a bar and trying to negotiate with the bartender. The Bait Shack had recently increased its draft price by 50%. I argued that since I had been drinking there since they opened, I should be grandfathered. I should get every third beer free. They didn’t see things my way.

The next day, I sat back down and lost every bit if my winnings in two hands. Most of it left my stack when a guy called $150 against my king-high spade flush with AJo. He held the ace of spades and the fourth spade came on the river.

I considered myself no worse for the wear. It was an experiment in riding the lightning. I survived and vowed to return to $3/$6 limit as soon as I stopped cursing.

Had it not been for Pauly asking me to write a little something for his blog-zine, I might never have ventured back into the world of $200 PL. But since he asked, and I was writing, I thought I’d sit and play a little more. I entered a $20+$2 multi and sat at a $200 PL table.

It became a four-hour session. I wrote the piece (hopefully to be featured in an upcoming edition of Truckin’) and played steady poker.

When I stood up, I had placed 9th in the tourney. What’s more, my $200 buy-in had turned into $733.

So, here I sit, 12 hours after a very nice winning session. It was not a hit and run. It was steady poker, played well. I remember laying down top two pair to a $90 bet when there was a possible straight on the board and two to a flush as well. I had my head wrapped around the game and didn’t feel like I was riding the lightning. I felt confident and sober.

Still, as the title of this post suggests, I know I’m walking a fine line. While my bankroll could stand a slight correction, I don’t know that I’m qualified or wealthy enough to play at that level.

Here I sit, sober and staring at an open bar. I ask myself, what would the great experimenter Pauly do? What would pro-drinkerAl Can’t Hang do? What would tee-totalling poker pro Felicia do?

More interesting, however…what is Otis going to do?…

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Insider Secrets To Building A Sales Funnel

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Have you finally got your small business off the ground, at least to the point where you’re starting to see a modest profit, but you’re still struggling to generate solid new sales leads to help build a reliable customer base? If this sounds like you then look no further than the “funneling money into your pockets.” Sales funnel creation course. This unique and interesting academic course will teach you everything you need to know about creating a successful and reliable sales funnel so that your business can constantly generate new sales leads and keep traffic funneling to your website or store. This course will teach you how to use a sales funnel for everything from affiliate marketing campaigns and email marketing campaigns and even how to use a sales file off-line and much more. By the time you have completed this course you will have all the information and skills necessary to create a sales funnel that will allow you to take your business to the next level.

What you will learn:

1) You will learn the definition of a sales funnel and how they are used to generate customer leads.

2) You will learn how to use an automated sales funnel to help your business grow.

3) You will learn how to use and build a sales from foreign email marketing campaign.

4) You will learn how to create and use funded proposals for your sales funnel.

5) You will learn how to build a successful off-line sales funnel.

6) You will learn how to conduct proper market research so as much of your market demographic gets sucked into your funnel as possible.

7) You will learn how to construct a sales funnel from scratch.

8) You will learn how to capture emails and other necessary information for your customer database and so much more.

Who this class is for: this class is expressly designed to help those individuals running a small business, whether they are housewives students or entrepreneurs that are looking to understand how to generate more sales leads as well as traffic to their website or store for the purposes of building and maintaining a healthy customer base so that they can generate as much profit within their given market niche as possible. While it is not expressly necessary for a student to have an extensive background in business before registering for this course. A basic understanding of small business organization would be considered advantageous.

This class is NOT designed to teach students or readers how to start a business. This is not a turnkey business course. This course is expressly designed to teach students and readers how to set up, use and maintain various types of sales funnels for their business so that they can attract a reliable customer base. This course in no way teaches students how to start a small business. If this is what you’re looking for. It is suggested that you take some business 101 or other entrepreneurial courses before registering for this class. To translate this content in other language, contact Translation Companies UK

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