Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Poker is Life


I love playing poker, sometimes win while sometimes lose, just like our life, sometimes happy and sometimes sad. Remember the movie “Forrest Gump” in which Gump’s mother said “Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you gonna get.”

In fact, sometimes life is also like a poker game. In every poker game there is a winner and there is a loser, but what separates the two isn’t just luck, it’s poker strategy. And to take it one step further, the same techniques you use in a poker tournament can be used to succeed in life.

The happiness in life is not based on winning at poker, while the winning at poker is based on the happiness of life.

The following three points are suitable both in poker and in life…Put on your poker face – you never want others to know what you are thinking. Just like in poker, the expressions on your face can give away your thoughts. In the real world if you seem desperate you are less likely to succeed, but if you seem confident you are more likely to succeed.

Look for tell signs – people unknowingly do things that give away what they’re thinking. Although you don’t want others to know what you are thinking, you want to study your opponents so you can figure out what they are thinking. By doing this you will have a better understanding of how to react to their actions so that you can benefit from them.

Place smart bets – if you have a shitty poker hand you probably want to fold. And if you have a royal flush you should go all in. The same goes in life because if the cards you are dealt suck, then you probably want to quit and call it a day.

Use your head – it may be difficult to count cards, but it isn’t difficult to learn from your mistakes. Don’t forget about the mistakes you made in the past or else you may make them again.

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5 comments:

Lucilla said...

What you say rings true to me. We should spend our lifetime wisely.

Moon Ⅱ said...

You can't put your life on poker, right? Unless you are a professional poker player, of course.

zuoye said...

Yes...But have you thought if we lost or regteted in the poker you can have a new hand which never happen in our life...

Lydia said...

I really agree with your ideas. Sometimes I really think life is poker, while in fact they are different...no matter what, we should treat our life seriously and also treat poker games well...thus we can really get our fun no matter in life or in games...

Poker Kingdom said...

Poker is just like a mirror, which would reflect our attitudes towards life