21 September 2010

The Death of Poker

In Facebook, they have a social game called ZyngaPoker. I have been playing it for quite some time now and I can say that I have became really good at it. I'm not bragging. There are probably guys out there who have more chips than me or has a higher rated level, but I can confidently say that I have reached a sort of semi-expertish level. In fact, from just one million chips last month, I now have 45Million chips.

I fell in love with the game of poker the first time I learned to play it. Perhaps, because the game is more like life itself -- the drama of life unfolds with every turn of a card.

Poker is a game of empathy. It is a game of understanding the intent and motives of your opponent so that  you can arrive at correct decisions.  Poker teaches a lot about life. It develops discipline, critical reasoning, management of finances, strategy building,  all are useful not only in life but also to almost any endeavor you want to pursue. In my quest for my first million, I have learned a lot of lessons from poker as in life, which I hope you can learn from, too:

Life is both luck and skill, in the short run, luck prevails, but in the long run skill  triumphs. Don't bluff, but don't be totally honest either. Be patient, composed, and calm. To get better, practice and study. Look for patterns. Never make an important decision when you're tired or have recently consumed alcoholic beverages. Stick to the level of stakes you are comfortable with and while you're at it, you might as well enjoy the game.

Since I have reached this far in "the game." I have no further intentions of pursuing another million chips. The game does not appeal to me anymore. I have done enough for the game, and for this, I am officially retiring. The game must end in one way or another and I must move on.

My skill in this game is a gift - that's true. But I also realized that if I must widen my horizon and find out what other talents I can cultivate - I must learn to let this go. As the saying goes, you can't discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

14 comments:

p0kw4ng said...

hindi ako marunong nyan=( pero mukhang magandang pagaralan kung may matutunan ka lalo na kung paano matuto ihandle ang buhay!

Rah said...

@pokwang, i guess it goes to all sports naman, hindi lang poker. Ang kaibahan lang, hindi strictly "sports" ang poker, instead, sugal. It's a game of empathy, kung sino ang makakadecipher ng feelings at intention ng opponent, yon ang more or less mananalo.

khantotantra said...

konti lang alam ko sa poker. minsan, kahit na anung bluff, wala talaga... Good job in attaining 45 million chips. superb poker skills.

Rah said...

@khanto thank you so much :) sana lang pera nalang yung 45 million napanakinabangan pa sana. In this case, wala... altruistic feeling lang na as if naman mayaman talaga. lol.

gillboard said...

i've had beginners luck when i learned how to play poker.

but ever since, it's been all downhill for me.

me and cards, not a good combo. pang monkey monkey lang ako.

but i am great at the game bluff.

Rah said...

@gillboard, baka naman kasi obvious na mataas ang card mo :) It's good that you are good in the card game Bluff, now all you have to do is convince others to bet their money in that game so that you can win it :)

chikletz said...

i like this game too but I'm not as skilled as you or other people. I can't play it in an actual casino because I get intimidated. house games are okay tho :)

MiDniGHt DriVer said...

I know how to play poker pero sa house lang. But I think, hindi ako kasing galing mo. Nice!

VICTOR said...

It's weird that a game like poker can thrive online, when it's best played in 'real time.'

Leah said...

I don't know how to play poker.. but i totally agree with you, Rah. Life is but a game of luck, skill and attitude. One must learn to use and deal with each one, in order to get ahead in the game. In a blink of an eye, you could lose all your winnings, though.. It's a risk a player must take. Life is all about taking risks, anyway.. but the important thing is you had fun. Life is short. We shouldn't waste it.

Demet! Nosebleed! ☺

Rah said...

@chikletz, im afraid to play at casinos. I can't afford to gamble real money :)Naalala ko yung wisdom ng kapatid ko, sabi niya "walang nananalo sa sugal"

@midnight driver, hehe, online poker lang naman nilalaro ko. Mas maganda parin yun live.

@victor, I agree, it is best played in real time, although hassle part is shuffling the cards.

@Leah, tama yon, you know before I reached my first million, I had to lose everything twice. I almost give up na. I got this far and learned a lot. I have millions of chips, but can't really spend it, because it doesn't have any value. Pero I learned a lot, yon na lang siguro ang prize ko...

sterndal said...

never played poker in my entire life but based on what you said, it reminds me of chess. like you need to decipher the next move of your opponent.

choknat said...

wow! bigay mo na lang sakin chips mo. haha

glentot said...

I just learned poker recently (the real game, not online) and I had fun, I had beginners' luck but it ran out. Same with my life.