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Poker And The Luck Factor, Part One

Recently I wrote about a short article dubbed The Luck Factor, by Richard Wiseman.  In my post I noted I would try and delve deeper into the article at some point.  Normally that would mean I completely forget about it and move on to the next shiny object that grabs my attention, but once in a blue moon I find a moment to follow through on something I mentioned in this here blog.  With that said, let's gank a few quotes from the article and half-assedly make a poker post out of it.

Since I rarely have much time to make a lengthy post, I've decided to break this up into a series of posts.  The first quote discusses four principles and, while I will go ahead and post the whole quote now, I'll be focusing on the first principle in this post.  Let's do this:

"...lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles.  They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good."

Skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities.

Two words often come up during the debate of online poker legality (as well as state-by-state live poker legality).  Those words are skill and luck.  Or to put it a different way, skill versus luck.  So how strange is it that Wiseman's first principle of luck involves some form of skill?  Quite frankly, any jackfuck - including my tard ass - can walk into a room and win a monster pot against any one person in any given moment; however, let's look beyond that.  What about the person who calls ahead to confirm how the tables are looking?  What about the guy who scopes the tables to determine the best spot to pick?  What about the guy who skips an open spot at one table in lieu of a better opportunity which he recognizes will arise not too long after?  What about the guy who finds the best seat at the table to optimize his chances for a good run at the fish?  These are just several examples of people who go beyond the usual to work towards their game.  They are creating opportunities to maximize their mobneys.

Then there are the opportunities that players have once they sit down at the felt.  Quite franky, my drunktard ass is prime for the pickin' when it comes to a skilled player, but that is not what this post is about.  This post is about creating your own luck.  I think at the end of the day, the line I've heard many times applies:

"Luck Is What You Make It."

Find opportunities and exploit them.  Work towards creating and noticing opportunities that maximize for your potential for making mobneys.  In the end...

Let's light this candle.

To be continued...

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posted by TripJax @ 11:19 PM,


At 4:36 AM, Anonymous poka playboy said...

in the words of the immortal Han Solo:

"In my experience, there's no such thing as luck."


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