Give seniors a hand!

January 22, 2008 8:43 PM
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Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale | Carol, I know that a lot of poker players are seniors and that there are a lot of whippersnappers who are just learning how to play.

Now of course the whippersnappers are smarter than us seniors. Reason being if this were not true, civilization as we know it could not improve with each generation. We would still be back in the cave.

Well, maybe not in the quality of life but the material things. For example, over 80 percent of everything we think are necessary today (automobiles, air conditioning, computers, cell phones, TV, microwave ovens, electricity, airplanes and so on) did not exist when I was a whippersnapper.

So what have we seniors got that causes us to win and the whippersnappers to lose?

We seniors have experience, patience and reserve assets!

We have the time to play, the experience of how to play and the assets to play with. It is the responsibility of the senior poker players to do everything they can to help the whippersnappers learn the rules of the game, etiquette and patience. We must teach them how to win with honor and how to lose with dignity!

The whippersnappers must learn to do the talk before they can do the walk.

To play in one of the casino card rooms in Nevada, the poker players must have reached the age of 21. However, in many native American Indian casinos, they may play if they have reached the age of 18.

On the Internet poker rooms, most of the sites require an unenforceable age limitation. When a young poker player begins to play, one of two things usually happens. Both can be bad for the young player.

They win and think it is easy. They think it is something for nothing. It does not work that way. The very worst thing that can happen to a young poker player is to win a poker tournament. Or they lose and think the game is dishonest and have been cheated.

Most of the seniors have paid their dues – long hours of playing poker in the service or in home games. They have won and lost. They have stood the test of time.

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. And, it should be said that experience is the mother of poker players.

Let me give you an example. A whippersnapper has played say 6,000 hands of poker. Now that is about one month of more or less steady play. In this period of time he has held AA about 30 times and KK about 30. The rest of the holdings have been about 5 percent of the time.

The senior has been playing for 30 years and has held each of the same hands over that period of time (12 X 30 X 30 = 10,800 times vs. the whippersnappers experience of 30 times!)

Which player would you rather have your money on? Now of course there are other factors that control the winner of the pot. If I were to bet, I would want my money on the senior experienced poker player.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

There is an old German saying: We get too soon old and too late smart!

If you are just sitting at the poker table not learning more about how to play each day you will get "too soon broke."

Each hand you play is a learning process. Each time you play, keep a diary about how you did and ways you can improve your play.

If you have nothing to put in your diary from last night’s game, chances are really good that you lost.

Until next time remember to Stay Lucky!