Always bet on turning someday into today

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 04:10 PM.

Anybody visiting my office or regularly reading this column knows I like poker. I learned to play draw and stud at my parents’ kitchen table before we had television.

Today, my office walls are festooned with tournament photos marking wonderful memories. My annual pilgrimage to the World Series of Poker dance is an absolute joy.

Whether I get into the money or not in Las Vegas isn’t important. I always fly back home with a huge bankroll of memories, which is most important.

My clients are also friends, so we routinely chat about things unrelated to accounting and tax matters. They glance over my shoulder at the pictures on my walls and often mention they’d love to give the WSOP dance a whirl “someday.”

I believe the first rule about doing things you want to do is “sooner is better than later.” Many mention they couldn’t compete but that’s nonsense. Only a few professional players might be considered truly gifted, but they’re a tiny minority.

The important operative word here is “few.” The vast majority of the 75,000 participants in this annual poker shindig are folks exactly like you and me.

Some of the young folks are into theatrics, doing their best James Dean impression agonizing over calls or folds, although most never heard of James Dean. But by a huge plurality, we ordinary home-game card duffers fill the tables. It’s very comfortable.

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