March 2, 2009

At the risk of poor taste…my first poker post

Filed under: Poker — HighStakesBlog @ 12:09 pm

At the risk of taking this blog in a questionable direction, I am following up a post on whiskey-flavored condoms with my first real poker post.

I have no idea why anyone would actually waste their time reading these ridiculous rants and self-indulgent soliloquies, but for those who do, you’re going to quickly understand that I really don’t care! And I mean that in the nicest way possible.  I write this for me.  It is clicheingly cathartic, it helps me focus my thoughts and my life and affords me the opportunity to make-up words like clicheingly.  It’s all about me, really.

What I’m driving at is that there are going to be a plethora of poker posts in this silly little endeavor.  So read them and learn … or skip and just look at pictures of liquor-flavored condoms.  Up to you.

I can sum up why I love poker in two quotes that anyone who has read anything of mine is sick of my typing:

“”Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.” — David Mamet (yes, that David Mamet…google him)

“Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, then he has only himself to blame.  Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he’ll be a loser in cards as in life.” — Anthony Holden

That’s why I love poker.  To me, it’s the same as writing this blog.  And my competence is in question on both, admittedly.  But their respective impacts on my life are not.  I need to challenge myself, to better myself, to both snuggle up to my miserable faults and to acknowledge and embrace my relative talents.  As a suburban father, one client away from a kept man, without a passport and any international travel to speak of (this one time..in Windsor…), how else can I accomplish these feats I hold in such high esteem?

There is a poker truism that it is not about winning a hand or winning a session or even about results at all, but it’s about making the best decisions based on the information you are able to discern from the situation in which you find yourself.  And really isn’t that the same as in life?  Your goal is to make the best decisions you can, with the most information you are able to compile.  To strip bare my personality at the poker table and to review the naked truth is to better myself in life.

And that is why I play.

And just as with writing, that is why I stop and start.  When I can no longer stand to stare into my soul and answer the questions that emerge, I simply stop looking.  I stop writing.  I stop playing.  I start hiding.  I start ignoring.  I start rationalizing.  I stop living.

Damnit, I want to live.  I’m tired of hiding and I’m tired of rationalizing.

And so I play.  And I write.

Care to join me?



  1. I will join you brother…”Brothers don’t shake hands, brothers gotta hugggg”

    Comment by Ryan Schmaltz — March 4, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  2. fasirt.ru

    Comment by prossstiuks — July 10, 2010 @ 4:46 am

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