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Five Things I Learned From Playing Poker

Many years ago at a family reunion a cousin of mine brought out a deck of cards, chips, some coffee tea gift baskets, and $20. I wasn’t sure what to think of it because I’ve never played cards much at all. Although when I was very young friends of mine used to play the game “UNO” a lot. Uno is spanish for the number one. Uno is a really fun card game with unique printed cards, similar to Mau. It was created by Merle Robbins back in 1971 and I started playing it in the early 1990’s. Just around the time themed gift baskets were emerging to become the popular choice.

So back to the reunion. I was slightly embarrassed to admit I didn’t have a clue how to play poker and more then that those cheap holiday gift baskets that I had purchased should cover the $20 and then some! Anyways I quickly came out and told the person who had organized the game that I didn’t have a clue how to play. He was a pro and was able to explain the fundamentals within fifteen minutes or so including the top hands to play, probability & chances, etc

It turns out my twenty dollar investment turned into fifty five dollars by the end of the night. Wow, I was hooked! If I worked here a couple of years ago I would’ve sent one of our appreciation gift baskets to say thank you to Laura for teaching me how everything works. Since you can’t legally gamble in Atlanta (where I currently reside), I stick to free online poker. I turned the original $1,000 you start off with at PokerStars.net & turned it into $14,582 within my first 90 days!

Here are 5 cool things I’ve learned over the years:

  • Don’t overplay your position, nothing is 100% guaranteed
  • Have patience because sooner or later you get a decent hand
  • Taking failure personally is a recipe for disaster, be positive
  • Learn how to read your opponent, otherwise you’ll be taken
  • Treat it as a game to keep your emotions in check & line

POSTED ON October 20, 2010,

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