Use your poker chips to create 'August' look

Oct 13, 2009 5:09 PM
Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale |

Even though we’re mostly out of summer and slipping into autumn, there’s something we can learn from the month of August.

The name for the month comes to us from the Latin word augustus, which in turn derives from augere, a verb meaning "to make grow" or "to increase."

That is just what a poker player tries to do when playing in a poker tournament: The player must make his chips grow or increase because every few minutes the limits will increase and get bigger and bigger.

I remember the World Series of Poker champion and member of The Seniors World Championship of Poker Hall of Fame, Jack Keller.

Jack and his wife Gloria used to live just around the corner from us here in Las Vegas.

One of Jack’s favorite methods of play was to try to obtain every small chip on the table so that his stack of chips would have an august appearance. You know, like the blowfish that enlarges its body so that the other fish cannot eat him.

The first Roman emperor was given the title Augustus to reflect his lofty status and Jack would stack all those small chips up in front of him to give himself the august appearance of being the emperor of the poker table.

During the Roman emperor’s reign in 8 BC, the Roman senate voted to use the title to replace the name of the month Sextilis to honor their grand leader.

English inherited the name of the month of August as well as the rest of the Julian calendar, but not until the mid-1600s did we begin to use the term generically to refer to someone with imperial qualities.

Isn’t it odd how everything works its way back to poker!

Oklahoma Johnny poker tip of the week

When you are playing Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 and better you must play very carefully – just like the way porcupines make love ... very carefully!

After the flop: To call or to make any bets, you must already have the nuts or you must be drawing to make the nuts on the next card – or you should not continue to call or make any bets.

For example, if you are drawing to a king high flush and are unlucky enough to make it, do not be surprised when you lose the pot to an ace high flush.

Until next time remember to stay lucky.

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