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What word am I thinking of?

Gamblers beat casino odds where
possible. Sometimes they even play
with a stacked deck. 'Hackers'
or coders also like to
win. Such people will use
a bit hack to thrive.
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  • $\begingroup$ P.S. this isn't vague or ambiguous. If you get it, you will know you're right. $\endgroup$ – Dave Dec 16 '15 at 21:53
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The word is

Binary

Because

Each line has 5 words. These lines can be interpreted as numbers from 0 to 31 by treating odd-sized words as 1 bits and even-sized words as 0 bits. We then convert 0 to 'A', 1 to 'B', and so on. The phrase "bit hack" is a clue, of course, both to the methodology and the answer.

However, I think there's a typo here, and "succeed" should be "understand".

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  • $\begingroup$ Would you have solved this if I didn't put a line break after every five words? $\endgroup$ – Dave Dec 16 '15 at 23:19
  • $\begingroup$ As for the 'typo,' I didn't want to be too obvious. It's easy enough as is. $\endgroup$ – Dave Dec 16 '15 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ How about "thrive", then? Just trying to fix the last bit. $\endgroup$ – histocrat Dec 17 '15 at 0:07
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    $\begingroup$ The line breaks were definitely a huge hint. I think I'd've gotten it eventually, but I might have looked at groupings of 8 first. $\endgroup$ – histocrat Dec 17 '15 at 0:08

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