Most poker players do it just for fun

Jan 7, 2008 4:11 AM

Carol, let’s start 2008 off with a column on how to play poker for fun and how to work poker to win money.

OK, now first of all relax. Today, I am going to tell you the straight truth.

If you cannot stand to hear the truth, don’t read any more of this. Go get one of the street flyers, look at the pretty girls that want to get to know you and they will tell you their secret of how to win playing dice or blackjack.

The game of poker is played by more people than any other game in the world!

A very large percentage of players in golf, baseball, football, tennis, blackjack, dice, slots play poker. So do politicians, doctors, lawyers and all the other sports and professional folks all over the world.

Now that’s a lot of folks! A very large percentage of those that play poker do not expect to win. They play poker for the social interaction with the other players. Just for the fun of it!

Yes, it is fun to play losing poker. Example: Of the 10,000 or more poker players that will come to this year’s 2008 World Series of Poker, less than two percent will go home a winner.

Why is this?

First, the overhead. It’s transportation, lodging, food, tips, house rake, playing slots, blackjack, dice, sports betting, loans to other players, shopping and entertainment.

Depending upon the player, this will vary from $500 to more than $10,000 or more per day. The poker players will pay from $100 to $800 per day for a room or suite.

Second, tournament play. The house charges are from 6 to 10 percent of all the money that the players pay to play in the events.

This is a higher hold for the casino than slots, blackjack, dice, roulette or any of the casino pit games.

So relax and enjoy the ride. If you are lucky enough to win a piece of a tournament, be careful!

A lot of folks will be your buddy and you will have more friends that you ever knew. Many will tell you how they helped you win by praying and rooting for you all the way.

By the way, they are playing really good right now and the next event is their very best game. They won the event four years ago and will show you their news clipping to prove it!

They will consider allowing you to be their partner if you stake them in the next event. So bring money, have fun, go home and tell the folks in your Friday night poker game that you played a few hands with beautiful "Oklahoma Sarah" Hale.

And, you would have beat her if she had not got lucky. All she had was two aces when you had two black kings! Of course, she was just lucky.

Now, the other side of the coin — winning when you play poker!

Winning poker is not playing poker. It is working poker. Of course you have to get lucky and then you must stay that way. In the long run, we get about the same amount of luck.

Winning players get their ice in the summer when they need it and win large amounts of money. Losing players get their ice in the winter when they do not need it so badly and win small pots with little money in them.

I have about 60 rules that will help make you a winning player and you can read them all in my newest book Poker Today which will be out this year! The prepublication price is only $20. To reserve a copy email me at [email protected]

The book comes with a double money back guarantee. If you do not win after reading this book, I will give back to you double my cost of the book.

Yes, I will trust you. I know you would never lie. All poker players tell the truth.

Poker Tip of the Week

When playing poker, tell the truth! If I am in Oklahoma and I tell you it is going to rain, believe me. If I have to, I will go outside and squeeze a cloud! So get a bucket to put the water in.

In a poker game, if you admit to never bluffing, then don’t bluff unless absolutely necessary. If you get caught, just tell them you misread the hand.