In correspondence with poker math guru Tom Green, he spoke of a rather generic quote that appears in the introduction to the amazing Texas Hold’em Poker Textbook. So I opened a copy of the very thumbs-up book to remind myself. (As we get older our memories become less forgiving, should we say? Never forget that.)
So, let’s walk down the memory lane, and see which quotes you can remember. (I’ll be providing some comments along the way.) We’ll start with some of the famous poker personalities:
“… in poker, as in life, you can’t count a man until the last card falls.” – Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson. But it’s better if he’s got lots of outs. And, of course, this applies to women too.
I remember years ago, when Daisy H. was practically eliminated at one of our Claude Pepper Seniors poker tournaments being held at a local casino. Someone offered him a similar quote – and he lived to the end of the money.
“Some days you’re in, some days you go.” – Phil Ivey. Every poker player knows this all too well. Wouldn’t it be great if you stayed home on holidays?
“On any given day it could be 99 percent luck, but during the year it’s probably 90 percent expertise.” – Chris Ferguson (winning at Pencetpoker). I agree, but you can’t be a winner if you rely solely on luck – good luck.
“We must believe in luck, because how else can we explain the success of those who have defeated us?” A green tongue asked on the cheek. That explains why bad beats happen so often.
“I’d rather be lucky than good.” Personally, I’ve said that many times at the poker table, I’m curious if Green got it from me.
“If luck isn’t involved, I’ll win any time.” Can you guess who said this? And he is serious. “Luck, or chance, will, sometimes, make the most of the novice player winners. Skills will, in the long run, produce winners many times, more often than not. “That’s what I have taught my poker students for years.
“Luck comes and goes … knowledge will grow and stay with you.” That’s another way of recognizing that there are good and bad luck, which you have no control over. So, in the long run, it’s really knowledge (skills) that counts.
“The more skills you have, the luckier you will become.” I agree, but I’d rather say it a little differently: “With skill, you can influence luck to make it less significant.”
Here’s a very similar quote: “The smarter you play, the luckier you are.”
As the old saying goes: “Two cards win! All you need is a chip and a chair (and a bunch of skills and a bowl of luck). ”
Sharp words of wisdom.
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