I couldn’t quite figure out what the topic for today’s self-interview should be. I thought about comparing the features of photo editing software and about my worst restaurant experiences. Those would probably be difficult to tie into poker in meaningful ways.
So, I thought and I thought. And then something brilliant blasted my brain. How about tips! Sometimes I explain poker concepts in great detail. And sometimes I just provide the essence of profitable poker advice, otherwise known as tips. Let’s do that. First question, please…
Have you ever stopped everything you’re doing right in the middle of the day and thought, “What makes me sad about poker?” Me, too.
In fact, so many people seem to be doing it that worldwide productivity has slumped. That’s unfortunate, but it’s better to be in touch with our poker feelings than to keep producing goods and services while, deep in the core of our beings, we’re not content with our poker lives.
Last time I strayed from my normal format. Instead of focusing on a single poker concept, defined by today’s word, I allowed the self-interview questions to be about “this and that.”
Well, not quite. I chose “this” as the word, because I quickly realized “this and that” covered too much ground. So we narrowed the interview to questions only about “this.” Even so, it turned out there were thousands of ideas, tips, and concepts capable of fitting the definition. I could only address a few.
Along time ago, I was in a lounge near a poker room, waiting for a game. On a chair nearby a fellow player was reading a book.
Suddenly he noticed me, nodded, and half-whispered, “This is a great book.”
“What’s it about?” I wondered.
He shrugged. “This and that, I guess.” And it was all he had to say on the matter. He was reading again, and our conversation had apparently ended.
Two things barge into our brains when we hear the words “poker” and “rankings” in the same sentence. How do the possible hands rank, based on profit? And how do the players rank, when deciding who’s best?
Fine. We’ll use those two types of rankings as the basis for today’s self-interview. And that means there will be only two questions.
Poker is about deception. And winning at poker requires an ability to disguise who you are at this very moment and a talent for making your intentions unclear. Let’s talk about that in today’s self-interview.
Question 1: Is it necessary to be deceptive in poker? Can’t you win by being yourself?
Actually, I’ve occasionally known players who could win by just being themselves. But don’t expect that to happen to you.
Let’s prepare for 2011 by talking about how the word “rock” applies to poker. A rock can be defined as a conservative player who is extremely disciplined and enters few pots. That’s the topic for today’s self-interview, as we search for the inner rock in all of us.
Question 1: Can a rock make money at poker?
Exploring my poker past might not fascinate you the way it does me. If that’s the case, I apologize for this column.
I estimate that there are almost 3,000 meaningful events that could be remembered, bringing me to where I am today. So far, I’ve only actually succeed in remembering about one hundred. Maybe examining a few of those will be interesting to somebody besides me. Let’s find out.
Question 1: Why did you get involved in playing poker seriously?
Some players look disdainfully on opponents who play poorly. I don’t.
Instead, I try to encourage bad habits and bad decisions. And, by coincidence, today’s word is
This self-interview discusses why bad play should be encouraged rather than ridiculed.
Question 1: You say you shouldn’t be disdainful of poor play. But isn’t that a natural reaction for a superior player?
Well, I had another break-even week at poker. And I mean exactly break even, because I’m enjoying my hermitage deep in the Ozarks without poker. No wins. No losses. No games.
However, I’m about to fly to the Dominican Republic in a few days on business and will be investigating the public poker scene there. Yes, there is poker in the DR! It reminds me just how off-track those who want to banish poker in the United States are, with our game’s popularity thriving worldwide.