Just a little friendly advice

Jun 19, 2006 4:07 AM

Carol, you know that sometimes I give out a little advice to the whippersnappers.

The younger ones (taken as a whole) will always be smarter than their parents and they have not used up their luck yet.

Yet they are not experienced enough to know that they can lose.

If these words I have just written were not true, civilization as we know it could not have advanced and we would still be in caves.

But each generation seems to get a little smarter, until all of a sudden they are the older generation and they’re wondering why the kids listen to such loud music, music so loud it rocks your car when sitting next to them at a red light.

When I was young — yes, I can still remember way back then — I was a young man in a hurry.

I was in a hurry to go to war — I volunteered for the United States Navy when I was 17 — and in a hurry to get married, to finish my college education, to have children (my first child was born when I was 19).

I have always been in a hurry almost all of my life, at least up to the time when I burned out, and in a hurry to retire — I retired before I was 50.

When I was young, I was flying low with my ’59 El Camino hot rod, usually with the pedal to the metal since I had under construction 15 school projects going on at one time in Oklahoma.

The 1959 El Camino was a factory hot rod with wings; I would drive ninety plus miles an hour to get from one of the projects to another.

And then back to Tulsa for another high stakes poker game!

I was so busy and so lucky you would not want to touch me — I would burn you.

Yes, I understand youth and luck, I had a lot of luck just to fly that low.

Yes, I was a young man in a hurry to make my first million, which I did before I was 23.

So why did I create The Seniors World Championship of Poker and The Seniors WCOP/Poker Players Hall of Fame?

I guess my best answer is because I love poker and wanted to make it better, to bring poker up out of the back room of the pool hall and into the living rooms of the world.

There is still a lot of work to do, and the young whippersnappers thrill me. When they come up and tell me that, in just 15 years, they can play in my seniors tournaments.

I tell them that I will be there waiting for them to play with me!

The only thing I have is more experience than they.

Yes, sometimes I give advise on how to play poker, and then I tell them this: Stack up the chips and put some money away for a rainy day until you get older and much more knowledgeable. Then when you know you can lose, it will be harder to win.

The day will come when you must play poker on the merits of experience and knowledge. Luck will not always save you. And all you will have to help you win will be experience.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

Enjoy the game, that’s the bottom line. We should only do those things in our lives that we enjoy doing for recreation.

If we enjoy the poker game we will win more often, but if the game gets boring we should go to the movies instead.

Desire — the want-to attitude — is the secret to success in poker and in your life.

Until next time, remember to stay lucky.