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Know Thyself

~This is the sixteenth post in a series running through the month of June 2009 in which I attempt to post once a day for the month.*~

From “The Tao Of Poker” by Larry W. Phillips:

Rule 79: In the whole poker process, the least stable part is the player.
The true glitch in the system is the human element. The weak link in the chain is us. Everything else is pretty well scripted and defined. The hands you should (and shouldn’t) play, starting cards, stats, rules, probabilities, and best plays are all well known, tagged, and identified. The loose cannon in the process is the player. Therefore this is the part we have to work on and get under control.

We’ve taken to Texas Hold’um in our house like kids to soda pop. Poker is a fascinating game. If you play it to learn, it teaches you all kinds of things about your nature, and fast. Rule 79 from Larry Phillips oft-recommended book of poker philosophy sums up the nut of pretty much every human problem – the self. What’s great about playing poker to learn this is that instead of just trying to get control over ourselves by holding on to a bunch of facile sayings (“you’re your own worst enemy,” “get out of your own way,” “the only thing stopping you is you,” etc.), we get to experience what these things actually mean in a completely personal way. Only you can really know how you get in your own way, and playing poker can teach you exactly how you do it.**

I can’t recommend the book or the game enough. You can play online (which won’t give you the real experience of playing with other people, but it’s a start) with play chips. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about who you really are, try playing a few rounds and see how you feel. If it doesn’t do anything for you, you won’t have lost anything but a few hours and there’s always therapy.


* Yes, I missed yesterday. I have no (good) excuse.
** If you’re wondering what the hell this has to do with baking and cooking, it doesn’t really. Except that it does. Just play a few games and maybe you’ll see what I mean.

One Comment

  1. Maw says:

    Yes, I WAS wondering what the hell this has to do with baking and cooking ;+}

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