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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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Better time management frees you from dealing with issues that have small payoffs associated with them. If you aspire to success, you’ll look for chances to capitalize on opportunity, rather than spend your time fighting small, insignificant brush fires.
Reaching for Objectives
If you have no standards to guide you in selecting the hands you choose to play and adopt an any-two-cards-can-win philosophy, it probably won’t be long until you lose all your poker money. Knowing in advance which cards you’re going to play, what position you’ll play them from, and how you’ll handle different opponents are key factors to success at the poker table. The real world is no different. If you don’t plan, you’re just a leaf in the wind. While traveling in a random direction does get you somewhere, it’s probably not where you hoped to go.
Poker teaches you to plan, to have an agenda, and to pursue it aggressively. In the real world, if you don’t have your own agenda, you’ll soon be part of someone else’s. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that if you examined every person foolish enough to join a cult, you’d find very few of them with a plan or a set of governing values to guide them.
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Being Responsible
Everyone, it seems, has a favorite bad beat story. It won’t take long until you’ve heard them all and grow weary of them. Whenever someone launches a misery-laden tale in the direction of poker author Lee Jones, he announces that he charges a $1 fee to listen to each bad beat story. Some people are so bent on sharing their woeful tales that they toss him a chip and go right on talking.
No one wants to hear you whine at the poker table. So you lost in a way that defied all imaginable logic and odds. Enough, already. It doesn’t change anything. You’ll never be a successful poker player until you accept full and complete responsibility for the results you achieve.
Real life is much the same. Success in any field demands a willingness to be held accountable for your actions. Don’t expect sympathy because you weren’t born with Rockefeller’s money, Einstein’s brains, or Tom Cruise’s looks. Neither were most folks. Get up. Get on your feet. Play the cards you were dealt — in poker and in life — and go on from there. Like successful poker players, those who are successful in real life are willing to place the blame for their failures right where it belongs — squarely on their shoulders.
Painting \loursetf into a Corner
When Lou Krieger was 12 years old, his archenemy was Zimp, an overgrown, overweight 13-year-old. Zimp was always threatening to beat the daylights out of Krieger, who had no doubt he could do it. But Krieger had an out. Zimp was big and strong, but he was slow. Since Krieger could outrun him, outride him on a bicycle, and outclimb him over garage roofs and trees, he easily escaped every time Zimp took a run at him. As long as he was never cornered in a blind alley, he knew he could survive childhood.
Skinny Vinny didn’t care for Krieger any more than Zimp did. Krieger could take Vinny, although Vinny was faster. Had Vinny and Zimp been card players, they would have known that even though Krieger was a favorite against each of them individually (he could outfight Vinny and outrun Zimp) if they ever teamed up, he was dead meat. All it would have taken was for Vinny to run Krieger down and keep him engaged until the ponderous but powerful Zimp arrived. But neither Zimp nor Vinny were fledgling rocket scientists; they weren’t friends anyway, and never got together to conspire about how to take out their mutual enemy.
Next time you’re holding a pair of kings or aces and thinking about just calling instead of raising to limit the field, remember Zimp and Vinny. They never got the better of Krieger because each chose to face him individually — and
Chapter 22: Ten Real-Life Poker Lessons
Krieger was a big favorite heads up. If they took him on together, Krieger would have gone from a favorite individually to an underdog against their collective efforts.
Thinking Outside the Box
In the early 1970s, George Foreman was not the cute, funny, larger-than-life, genial grandfather he appears today. Back then many experts considered him the most punishing force boxing had ever seen.
On his road to a fight with Muhammad Ali, Foreman destroyed Ken Norton , and Smokin’ Joe Frazier — two fighters who gave Ali a very tough time. Foreman was so strong and his punching power so punishing that he literally walked through the best his opponents could offer and annihilated them with his stinging jab and devastating right hand. Foreman hit Joe Frazier so hard with a right hand to the body that Smokin’ Joe was lifted about four inches off the ground. When he landed, Ali’s toughest opponent collapsed like a sack of potatoes in the center of the ring.
That was enough for Ali, who realized that if Norton and Frazier couldn’t stand up to Foreman, neither could he. He needed a new strategy, and to devise one he hand to think outside the box.
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