Saturday, May 1, 2010

20 Reasons Why Poker is Like Life

  • You can do everything right and still lose.

  • You can do everything wrong and still win.

  • Sometimes the bastards win.

  • Sometimes the idiots win.

  • When the chips are down, you usually lose; but when you win under those circumstances it's incredibly sweet (and memorable).

  • Every so often you don't deserve what you get but you get it anyway.

  • There is no substitute for hard work.

  • You can be cruising along, thinking you have the world by the balls, and something will come out of nowhere to bruise and bloody you.

  • It's not what you deserve; it's what you take.

  • You will get the feeling that your friends, life, and God Almighty Himself are conspiring against you. Sometimes you will be right.

  • Coming in second place can win you acclaim, notoriety, and money - but it's a pale shadow to winning.

  • Having friends is more fulfilling than being a lone wolf. Defeats are softened, and victory sweetened, when shared with friends.

  • If you don't learn from your mistakes, you are bound to repeat them, over and over again.

  • Know thy enemy as you know thyself.

  • Chance favors the prepared.

  • Boorish, brash, uneducated behavior wins you little but the silent contempt of your peers, bearing in mind rule 4.

  • In a perfect world, you either win with honor or lose with honor. Sometimes your adversary does not believe or practice this rule - but you should still, all the more because he does not.

  • If you don't love it, it's an excruciating way to make a living.

  • If you swim in waters too deep for you, it rarely ends well.

  • There is always someone smarter than you.


  1. I like the friends one. So True

  2. Great post Gary. Very insightful and true.

  3. Tip of the hat G-man. Nice post.

    And thanks for including me on your blog list!