A Commencement to Remember: Poker Can Be Man’s Best Friend



Alma Mater

You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.


A Jewish Rabbi, an Episcopal Priest, an Evangelical Baptist, and the Pope went into a bar…. Or so the joke goes. But the joke is not really important. What is important are the life lessons that one can learn for the game.


Poker Can Be a Man’s Best Friend

  1. Many people can count cards better than you. But it’s not the counting that is important… always have a game plan.
  2. Poker is full of risks… Don’t cower and hide; face them head on.
  3. Everyone has a tick… Learn them.
  4. Learn when to fold!
  5. Even a Royal Flesh can be beat… You can’t depend on winning the entire pot.
  6. There are fifty-two cards in a deck… play each card you have carefully.
  7. Don’t make bets you can’t afford to lose.
  8. Alcohol only makes it seem like you are a better player….
  9. At every table, there is always at least one sucker. If you can’t find him……
  10. There is always one more rule to learn that you haven’t mastered!

Written for The Daily Post: February 12, 2016. Alma Mater

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