Life, poker

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Faith always seems to be rewarded

My daughter sent me this story about an incident related to life. It could be true. I read it twice; it was so profound in its message. As I read it, I thought: This is a beautiful story. What’s more, much of this could apply to the game of poker. When you realize that the game of poker is a microcosm of life, that’s not at all surprising. Here’s the story:

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up! A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: ‘Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.’”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the story: Be thankful for what you have… Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1,000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret.

Handle your present with confidence.

Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

My Comments: Yes – in poker and in life – make the most of the hand dealt to you. Once you have learned how to play WINNING poker (e.g., by using the Four Basic Rules for WINNING at the Game of Poker; see my Poker for Winners book advertised elsewhere in GamingToday), have confidence in your ability. Have faith in your decisions. Have a positive attitude. You have reasons to smile. Think about your hand and how you can improve the probability of winning with it. Somehow the “Poker Gods” know how to reward your faith – in the long run…

Comments?

And the winners are…

In my column entitled “Rivered!” (Aug. 17, 2010 issue of GamingToday), I challenged readers to identify the poker celebrity often seen on TV who might have told his caller – who rivered him – that he was “a stupid idiot for calling him on the turn.” I explained that the caller actually had made a wise decision by calling the bet on the turn because the pot odds were so much higher than his card odds against catching one of the cards he needed to win the pot on the river… I offered a prize – a copy of the Hold’em Algorithm booklet to the first two readers who gave me the right answer. I had in mind the famed “Poker Brat,” Phil Helmuth, winner of many Poker Bracelets. And the two winners of copies of Hold’em or Fold’em? – An Algorithm for Making the Key Decision are: Robert Seiler of Las Vegas, and Jerry F. of Boston.

Comments? George “The Engineer” Epstein can be contacted at [email protected]

About the Author

George Epstein

A retired engineer, George Epstein is the author of “The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners!” and “Hold’em or Fold’em? – An Algorithm for Making the Key Decision.” He teaches poker courses and conducts a unique Poker Lab at the Claude Pepper Senior Center under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks and at West Los Angeles College.

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