My real name is not “Oklahoma Johnny.”
Â Â I promised you last week I would tell you my real name, and I will today, but first I need to tell you that I was born in Oklahoma and am the seventh son of an only son who had seven sons, and by nature of birth I am very lucky and try always to Stay Lucky.
Â Â My mother was a little tired when I was born, and I lay around the house for several days without a name. My father said, “If you do not name that little devil I am just going to call him Bill.”
Â Â But mother said, “No, he is a heavenly child.” So my first name was Bill. Then mother made it H.D. for Heavenly Devil. No it was for my birth name of Herbert Dean, or H.D.
Â Â I was in a family business with several of my older brothers and we all went by our initials: W.N., J.W. and H.D., but many always just called me Bill.
Â Â My mother was a very wonderful religious lady and spoke of one of my body parts as my “Johnny.”
Â Â I was afraid of Las Vegas when I first started coming on junkets or for rest and relaxation (R&R). I had many fiduciary responsibilities and it was not good in my social and business circles to be known as a gambler, even if it were a Gentleman Gambler.
Â Â So I had three standard stories I would tell.
Â Â One was if I were staying at the Stardust; I would say that I was staying at the Hilton. When asked when I got in, I would say today. When asked I was going home, I would say I was catching the next flight.
Â Â When asked my name, I said my name was Johnny because I had heard there were many bad people (the mob and all that stuff).
Â Â So, just call me Johnny, which by accident was the same body part that my mother called my Johnny. It seemed to be the thing to do.
Â Â So, you can call me Bill or H.D. or Herb or Herbert Dean, but most of the poker world when playing poker with me, just call me Johnny or Oklahoma Johnny.
Â Â Pardon me, I have to see what my wife Carol is saying: “Will I get your car washed and be sure it is full of gas?” Yes, dear.
Â Â Las Vegas is my beat, and today I am going back to the Mirage for the Thursday night, $120 plus one re-buy, No Limit Hold’em tournament. Donna Harris goes a great job with the room since she has made it no smoking. It’s hard to get a seat. Rich, the tournament director, has the tourney working real well. First place should pay close to $5,000; not bad for a $120 investment.
Â Â I am odds-on to win it because there only be 15 or 20 world champions playing in the tournament, and I am going to be really lucky tonight!
Oklahoma Johnny’s Poker Tip of the Week
Â Â You do not have to reinvent the wheel. When you see a good player and he seems to win all the time, study him, watch what he’s doing. You do not have to reinvent a way to win. Just watch and learn how the good players play. Then you too can take the money to the bank.
Â Â Until next time, remember to STAY LUCKY.