I play poker each and every week but I don't consider myself a gambler. To me, poker playing isn't gambling. It's about strategy; outwitting your opponent. Knowing when the time is right to make a move and when the time is right to just stay alive.
Nothing makes me happier than making my opponent fold the best hand. Not even having the winning hand. Hell, anyone can win with the best cards. Poker is about so much more than that.
And what about gambling?
What I consider gambling is scratch tickets, slot machines, and most of the stupid games you can find in a casino that have a big wheel. And yes, I throw megabucks tickets into this category too. Do I want a million to one shot to win some money?
And no, I don't waste my money on any of these gambles. If my money's on the line I want an edge or I don't want to play.
Yes, I know most people would hear this and think "She's delusional. Poker is gambling. LUCK FACTOR! LUCK FACTOR!"
And to that I saw, WRONG!. Luck wins hands. It does not win tournaments.
And what the fuck is wrong with a little luck anyway?
In a poker room if you call someone lucky, you might as well just call him a mother fucker to his face. He'll take it the same way you meant it. As an insult.
In other facets of life, "lucky" isn't such a dirty word.
"You won $1,000 on a scratch ticket! How lucky you are!" Luck is a wonderful thing in this scenario.
I cannot tell you how often I've been called lucky. Certainly much more often than I've been called smart. And I am lucky sometimes. When a little luck goes my way I'm thankful and try not to squander it. Sometimes it isn't total luck. I make my own luck.
Like in black jack for example.
You have to know the basic rules of black jack to play. You want to keep an eye on the dealer's card. If it's lower than a 7, you're probably not taking a card...if you have 11 you can double down...basic rules. And if you play black jack knowing the basic rules, odds are you'll lose. Casinos are in business to make money.
But if I'm playing black jack, for $25 a hand, I'll be betting the minimum while I count cards and wait for the count to be in my favor. Then my bet goes way up, I win, and everyone tells me how lucky I am.
I've been called worse.
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