Try to createyour own luck!

Aug 22, 2005 2:01 AM

Carol, today let’s talk a little about luck. First, is there such a thing as luck?

Yes, I think there is! And I believe that we all get our fair share of luck.

But some of us get our luck when we need it. And some of us get it when it has very little importance.

As a parallel, some of us get our ice in the winter — when it is not needed — and some of us get our "lucky" ice in the summer, when it is hot and we need it the most.

I have been so lucky my whole life that I think I am supposed to win whenever I play poker.

But does that mean luck is simply the power of positive thinking? Perhaps.

I recommend that poker players read a couple of books on the subject. Surprisingly, these aren’t poker books, but they’re books written by preachers.

The first book is "The Power of Possibility Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peal. The second book is "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Robert Schuller.

Then of course, I would be remiss if I did not recommend my own book, "The Gentleman Gambler," the story of my life, the living of it and the playing of poker.

But back to "creating" your own luck and the playing of poker.

Does a skillful, championship poker player need luck?

Yes, I think he or she does — and a lot of it.

Many times I have seen luck and I wish I could bottle it and sell it. If I could, I would own the world and all that is in it.

I will revisit and write to you some more on luck in future columns, but before I go to try my luck at the poker table, let me tell you why I think I am so lucky!

I picked my parents well — this was one of the luckiest things I ever did.

I picked you, Carol, or did I just think that I did, and you picked me to be my wife.

I am so lucky that my God loves me.

I have always wondered why I became so lucky after I studied long and hard, and why I owned the company and everyone worked for me!

Was I just lucky enough to be the first one at the office in the morning and the last one to leave at night?

Oklahoma Johnny’s poker tip of the week

To win a poker tournament you have to be lucky enough for your superior hands to stand up and win the pots. And the other fellow has to be unlucky enough not to outdraw you.

Then when you have the inferior poker hand, you have to use some of your luck to outdraw his better hand.

When you are lucky enough to do this you will be a champion.

One of the most important skills of a championship poker player is patience and to just stay in the game.

If you’re still in it, you give luck a chance to find you.

Until next time, remember to — there it is again — stay lucky!