Play as I say,not as I often do!

Oct 14, 2003 2:06 AM

Carol, I know that you and the folks have heard this statement: "Those that can do something will get it done, and those who cannot will write books or teach others how to do it."

Well, what if one who can play poker were to write a book or teach others how to play poker?

I play poker almost every day and get teased by the poker players about being a writer who writes books and columns about poker.

Almost each day I hear the poker players talk about other writers who play poker and who also write about how to play the game of poker.

Carol, I do agree that at times I have agreed with what the other poker players have to say about poker writers.

But for the most part I think that the poker writers of today are a very knowledgeable group of poker players.

And once in a while I even read and agree with what they write.

But I do fear that most of them will need to keep their day job.

I have a select group of students that I have on occasion tried to teach some of the poker playing methods that will help them be winning poker players.

I will not name any of my students here but they have won millions of dollars in tournament poker and I am proud of all of them.

Honey, the one lady poker player that I had the opportunity to give poker lessons to that I am most proud of was your mother, Jane!

She had never played a hand of hold’em poker. I wanted her to play in a ladies-only poker event at the America’s Cup at the old Vegas World. I told her I would teach her in a few minutes how to play and win.

Your mother was a fast learner and I gave her a five minute poker lesson and she won the first hold’em poker tournament that she ever played in.

Then, Carol you are a very close second to your mother as being one of my best poker students. I am proud of your poker playing abilities and your improvement as a winning poker tournament player.

I am happy to hear from your peers that you play better than I do.

Why is this true that the student can beat the teacher? Well, my answer is that if the student plays poker the way I teach, they will win most of the time.

The truth is that I do not play poker as I teach poker. I have too much fun and do not always play an "A" game. I tease the odds too much and I enjoy the game too much. I need to be more serious.

Carol, when you play poker you are all business.

But, I still have a little play left in me and will try to teach you a little more. So the lesson for the day will be my:

"Oklahoma Johnny" poker tip of the week

Let me set the poker table for you:

You are playing no limit hold’em poker.

You are in a hand before the flop and you have called or bet all of your chips.

You have been called by only one player who is one of the top tournament players.

You assume because that he has called your "all-in" bet, that he holds one of the top name brand hands (A-A) or (K-K) or (A-K).

Now Carol, you are given a wish: you may select any two cards have to play this hand that are not aces or kings.

What two cards would you select?

Would you select (Q-Q) or some other two cards that are paired?

What two cards that are paired can you hold that would give you the best chance to win this pot?

If you like the two queens, that’s wrong; also, two jacks and two 10s are wrong.

The very best pair for you to hold against one player who has AA or KK or AK is two 9’s.

Why is this true?

I will give you the answer in this column next week or if you cannot wait you can e-mail me at [email protected] and I will tell you the answer as to why two 9’s is a better hand than two queens.

Until next time remember to stay lucky!