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Just Happily Plodding Along

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Apr 30, 2014

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I’m a plodder. Unkind people would call me a nit. I’m with that. When I was young, recognition played a much greater role in my poker motivations. But I’m 57 now, and somewhere around 30,000-to-40,000 poker hours ago, recognition lost its luster. I still relish the intellectual challenge in a big way, but I would no longer play poker if I lost. I play to add to my quality of life, financially and enjoyment-wise. It’s an aspect many players, even numerous very good ones, seem to completely miss. Being a plodder makes the gambling lifestyle much less thrilling and much more of a grind. But it also removes much of poker’s stresses. If you have a thrill-seeking mentality, plodding is not for you. The thrills that drive you will be actualized playing tournaments, playing high, maybe even too high for your bankroll and swinging wildly. Many players appear driven by ...


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