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Mind Over Poker

by David Apostolico |  Published: Mar 01, 2010


Longtime readers know that I tend to obtain poker inspiration from numerous and varied sources. So, it should come as no surprise that my latest inspiration comes from a fortune cookie. Recently, I opened one up that read: “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” At first, I was mildly disappointed; however, then I gave it a lot of thought. I initially was thinking that this was too simple an analogy for poker. Yes, any donkey can play well when he’s getting cards and running hot. What separates the winners from the donors is the ability to play well when things aren’t going your way. That’s fairly obvious. As we dig deeper, though, there is a lot that isn’t so obvious. First, the above is obvious only to those who choose to recognize it. There are plenty of players who at some level still attribute a good run ...

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