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All in: A reporter bluffs her way through a poker night with some of Canada’s top VCs

I’ve been playing carefully most of the night, betting conservatively and folding often, when the dealer tosses me two aces. In the centre of the green-felt-topped table, she flips up two kings and a queen, giving me a couple of high pairs. Sure I’ll win the hand, I try to relax the muscles in my face and fight the instinct to pump my fist.

I have never played a game of poker in my life until tonight. It is a Thursday night in November, and I am in a downtown Toronto lounge called the Pearl, facing off against some of the country’s biggest financial risk-takers in the OMERS Ventures charity poker tournament. Holding what looks like an unbeatable hand, I start believing in beginner’s luck.

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