At least I had a John racing

May 6, 2008 7:00 PM

Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale | We get a lot of email Carol, but here is one that surprised me a little.

We will be returning to Oceans Eleven Casino in Oceanside, California to host The Seniors XV World Championship of Poker in association with the Poker Players Hall of Fame event Aug. 24.

Last year at Oceans Eleven, I met an owner of race horses. This friend of ours told me he would like to name the horse planned to run in the Kentucky Derby this year after me. He said I should bet on "Oklahoma Johnny!"

I wrote back saying I would be honored if he named the horse after me and that I would watch for him on the tote board. I planned to bet a couple of dollars on "Oklahoma Johnny" to win it all.

But when I looked in last weekís GamingToday front page column ("134th Kentucky Derby" by David Stratton) I could not find a listing for "Oklahoma Johnny." I assumed he got scratched.

So I took Carolís advice and bet on Colonel John. At least it is a part of my name!

OK-J Poker Tip

This comes from one of my good friends, Jack "Treetop" Straus, who is a past winner of the World Series of Poker.

"Treetop" said, "It is better to live one day as a lion than to live a lifetime as a lamb!"

In other words, donít be afraid to go broke!

I have never seen a passive player win a poker tournament. When you see an opportunity, donít be afraid to get aggressive. If you think you have the best hand, go with it.

Unfortunately, you canít be a lover at a poker tournament table. You have to be a killer. So do not get temperamental. Leave your emotions at home! You came to win the tournament so get all of the chips.

It is better to go broke trying than to bleed to death with antes and blinds. If you donít play, the antes and blinds will eat you up! You will go broke!

If you take chances, as "Treetop" said, you may live as a lion for a day!