Are You Prepared to Fight Your Poker Battles With an Iron Fist?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Vinny the GrinderBy The Grinder

I hope you all are sticking to your poker-related and other resolutions ten days into the New Year. Did you guys know about GPI—it’s the Global Poker Index—a technical rating system for poker players. Ole Schemion leads the list, but my man Dan “The Kid” Negreanu is a close second. Talk about grit and determination. Great start to an endless career. Olé!

2014 brings us some pinchy news too. Justin “BoostedJ” Smith, was recently busted, just like his alias, for collaborating with mafia running an illegal site. Hmm . . . I never really made close poker friends. Well done, Vinnie! Jokes aside, as singer Tommy Edwards would put it – “It’s all in the game!” But Id say, if there’s “Money for nothing, and chicks for free” there’s gotta be ‘Trouble, spelt with a Capital Tee.” Our Million Dollar Babies tend to shake it off easily and get on with the game, so I’m not too worried.

Dibella and LeFrancoisNow, back to business. Pokerstars Carribean Adventure 2014 (PCA) hosts its Main Event at the Atlantis Casino in the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas! Yes, rub it in. As if gambling for a living wasn’t enough, they get to gamble in heaven! This time we have 2011 WSOP Bracelet winner Pascal Lefrancois, and 2012 PCA Main Event winner John Dibella on the heater. The regulars seem to do it again and again!

I’ve watched too many poker videos and tried to understand how they do it, and other than technical babble, I think it’s something to do with extreme focus. I remember  preaching my FIST theory to my friend in 2012. Hold out two fists. You have to practice one FIST – Focus, Intuition, Solitude, Technique . . . and you have to eliminate the other FIST – Fear, Indecisiveness, Somber, Tilt. These guys are doing exactly that. Almost like meditating at the poker table. As I get ready to channel my energies in 2014 from poker to some of my other hobbies, I’ll be playing at the Rumba Cafe Columbus tonight – music, not poker!

Keep your FOCUS!

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