A Good Piece of Advice for Poker Players in 2016

What are your resolutions for 2016?

I have been mulling over mine and think I have come up with a few that will improve my life, my relationship with others, and my luck at the tables.

For starters, I am going to take Og Mandino's four rules of life much more seriously. Mandino is the best-selling motivational author who wrote 'The Greatest Story Ever Told,' 'The Greatest Miracle in the World,' 'The Greatest Secret in the World' and many other books that improved people's lives and helped individuals overcome drug addiction, alcoholism and thoughts of suicide because their lives were going nowhere.

The four rules of life were published in The God Memorandum in one of Og's books. He gave me autographed copies of his books when we met and I interviewed him for a People Magazine profile in the early 1980s.

Og claimed the God memorandum came to him through automatic writing when he was preparing a book manuscript one evening in Paradise Valley, AZ. where he lived.

'I fell asleep at the typewriter and when I awoke, the memorandum had been written,' he said. 'I have no memory of having written it.'

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Just like a CEO will issue a memo to employees in a corporation, the memorandum had been written and contained four rules that guarantee success. The rules are count your blessings daily, go the extra mile always, proclaim your rarity, and use wisely your powers of choice.

Learn those rules. Repeat them to yourselves. Repeat them once again. They work.

In addition to reaffirming my belief in those rules of life, here are my other resolutions for making 2016 a better year than 2015.

  • I will never call an all-in bet from a smiling man wearing a baseball cap or bib overalls with anything but the nuts because he probably has me beat.
  • If a boastful player who has been drinking fires a big bet into the pot, I will raise him just to see what he does. Hint: he will fold 90 percent of the time.
  • If I am passing a dice table and a well-dressed individual is setting the dice for a controlled roll, I will place my bet on the pass line and back him up by playing the numbers until he craps out.
  • I will use patience, skill and a belief in luck in a poker game and hope for the best.
  • I will never make a bet that will take a player's last chips. That is bad karma and bad karma leads to bad luck.
  • My motto at a poker table will be, 'Please be patient -- your cards will come.' I will adhere to that motto until my cards arrive.
  • I will remember that poker is just a game and that it does not represent the most important things of life. And those important things can be summed up in Og Mandino's four rules of life which will make the difference on whether I end up a winner or a loser.

Happy New Year. Let the games begin.

“I fell asleep at the typewriter and when I awoke, the memorandum had been written”

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    pinkxxx

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    Im all for people who make and made New Years resolutions , I wish you all the best in what you aspire for. I myself learned from my experiences of many years making them and not following through , so I haven't made any this year . I laid in bed with many going through my head leading up to the New Year but left them there as thoughts . I think this year I will work on my overall being , not a specific note to self or task , just generally try to be better . I try to do that all the time so I don't count it as a resolution :P
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    OOPaloo

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    I think I will try to think for myself more in the coming year and affirm the value of my skepticism for all forms of gurus and self help motivational systems. It might be harder than genuflecting to the revealed wisdom of the sages...But maybe...just maybe I can figure some things out for myself in the coming year if I use my brain...and then have the courage to believe in my own conclusions despite the pressure brought to bear by the orthodox....
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    Luke

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    may i have better success at gambling next year cause this year i really havent had any, also happy New Years to the whole LCB family.
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    Happy New Year to Jade.
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    In my past experience, New Year resolutions were mostly unobtainable because they were things that we tried to do or achieve but already failed at more than once. It looks like your New Year resolutions are different and easy to master. Maybe you have something here, a way to have some early success in the new year, instead of the pain and anxiety most of us inflict on ourselves just as we turn the calendar page. Your specific New Year resolutions won't work for me, but I like the concept. Happy New Year to you and yours......

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