WALL STREET JOURNAL: Tom Selleck, Maria Ho and More on Luck

Maria Ho Poker luck

WSJ. asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: Luck

Maria Ho: “It’s important for poker players not to get psychologically stuck in the bad luck of a given hand. If you keep lamenting the hand, whether you played it poorly or just got unlucky, then it starts affecting the way you play the next hand and the hand after that. When people get unlucky they start wanting to play badly, and all of a sudden they’re in a downward spiral and start to have this if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them mentality. Obviously that route is catastrophic. Poker is a game where your fate is never predetermined. There’s a saying in poker: All you need is a chip and a chair. People have come back from tremendous setbacks in the beginning of a tournament and gone on to win it. Poker is not a meritocracy, and sometimes neither is life. Any given player on any given day could beat you. That’s the beauty of poker and why it attracts so many players—you can beat the best.”


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