Lessons Learned by Staff
A few of the lessons I've learned during my five or so costly years of poker apprenticeship, some from those far wiser than myself, others which dawned on me as I watched my chips being pushed far away from me. Enjoy.
- Just because you got dealt pocket aces and he got pocket kings don't make you Doyle Brunson.
- There are people who just refuse to be bluffed. Don't try.
- They push the chips to the winner after the river; anything before that is just pretend.
- The older the player, the higher the kicker.
- Just like at the movies, when you walk into the room pay special attention to where the exits are and don't hesitate to use them in an emergency.
- You're supposed to be having fun.
- If you're having an awful session and are down to your last $20 or so, before you piss it away in disgust remember that those chips will buy you a pretty decent meal in whatever casino you happen to be in.
- If you can think of even one mistake you made during the hand, then it wasn't really a bad beat.
- Get up. Go for a walk. Get some air. That idiot who just sucked out on you will still be there with your chips when you get back.
- And finally: If you're drawing dead, try not to get there.