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How to win at cards and life, according to poker's autistic superstar

By Rick Maese

02 May 2023 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

Dan Cates is widely regarded as one of the best poker players alive. He tells the The Washington Post his 10 rules to live by for success - both in poker and in life.

  • Push your limits

In recent weeks, Dan Cates, widely regarded as one of the best poker players alive, has found himself with a travel itinerary ripped from a spy novel or a video game: He explored temples in Cambodia, learned about Hindu gods in India, toured the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi, hiked through ruins in Guatemala and contemplated heaven and hell at a Buddhist pagoda in Vietnam.

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