Poker Strategy and Life ABCs

Greg-RaymerJust after Greg Raymer won the 2004 World Series of Poker® Main Event Championship, I met him at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA. It was during a reception in his honor prior to the Legends of Poker Ladies Championship. Even though people rarely see me as shy, I often feel bashful when I first walk up to a poker celebrity.

After talking with Greg for just a few minutes, he put me completely at ease. He is down-to-earth and a real gentleman. When I asked him what counsel he had for people learning to play poker, he said that players often feel they must use fancy moves to win at poker. When, in fact, ABC poker will usually get them much further, especially in tournament poker.

With that in mind, I've put together some Poker ABC's, which also include life tips. For me, life and poker go hand in hand. Within each poker lesson, there is a life lesson.

The poker table is a place to have fun and potentially make some money, and it is also a place were you could work through personal issues. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about a therapists couch. I'm talking about a place where your focus is diverted from your everyday situation and turned into a linear world of one action right after another. Your world is simplified, less complex. The poker table is clearly a stress reliever for many people, while at the same time, it seems to bring out the brat and bully in others.

Over the next few month, I'll post my Poker/Life ABC's. Check back daily for your update.

When I first put these together, they were as tweets on Twitter. When I finished the alphabet, I realized that it had taken me 28 days to get through the 26 letters. I'm still wondering, which two did I tweet twice?

Until next time, remember my motto:

If you can't raise, don't call.

Donna Blevins
Poker Strategy Coach

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4 Responses to Poker Strategy and Life ABCs

  1. Bruce "the Mid-Life Mentor"No Gravatar February 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    I look forward to reading those life and poker tips.  I know nothing of poker except you play for money.  I will add you to my rss feed and look forward to learning something new.

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar February 19, 2010 at 10:28 am #

      There are actually some very good places you can play poker for free, Bruce, however, poker is like life. The implications of having something on the line of value encourage you to make better decisions. When we have nothing to lose, we often are careless and throw caution out the window.

  2. Kathryn Merrow - The Pain Relief CoachNo Gravatar February 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    How fun that you tied poker and life all together.  No wonder you are so good at poker.  You have strategy!

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar February 19, 2010 at 10:24 am #

      Thank you Kathryn! It never ceases to amaze me how poker and life mirror each other. Whenever I’m struggling with something in life and can’t quite figure out why, I look to see where I am having challenges at the poker table. Often it is just about discovering where the blocks are, like learning how to ask the right questions, then the answers come naturally.

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