Carol, I know that you love me and sometimes I kind of like myself. If you do not like yourself very few others will think much of you.
With that said, I’d like to offer a poem, which I’ve adopted for us poker players.
The Man in the Glass
When you get the poker hand you like
and the world makes you king for a day.
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t the players or your mother or wife
whose judgment on which you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your poker life
Is the player staring back from the glass.
Some players might think you’re a straight-shootin’ player
and call you a wonderful guy.
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
He is the player that you must please
never mind others praises or fame
For the man in the glass will be with you
When you cash out all your chips in this game.
And you put your name on the waiting list
And take your seat in that big game.
After the river it will matter not if you won
but how you played the game.
You will have passed your most dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the poker table
but he’s the one who counts in the end.
You may even get pats on the back as you play
or sometimes a kick in the ass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you have cheated the man in the glass.
The original author of the poem is unknown, so I’m sure he didn’t mind my "poker man" in the glass version!
OK-J Poker Tip of the Week
You are not in church when you play poker but it does not hurt your game to remember cotillion and act like ladies and gentlemen, and most of all to remember what mother and daddy told you to do.
So play poker with the other players, fair and square, and take the money home and count it there.
Until next time remember to stay lucky.