So, I see my new friend again. (Refer to previous blog, please.)
We are getting more than a little excited about our upcoming visit to the dog track's poker room. After all, the Florida state Legislature has recently raised the table stakes.
Can I hear a "Hallelujah!!"
We get to chatting and he reminds me of another reason he does not play poker online - The Withdrawal Curse. OMG. I was unaware people still actually believe in The Curse. I had assumed, if you are still playing the game today, you have long ago put this particular fear behind you. Guess not.
For those of you who might be unaware of The Curse, it goes like this: If you take money out of your account, that particular site will punish you with repeated bad beats.
The word ludicrous comes to mind.
Typically, we lose at poker for three reasons. 1. We play badly. 2. We get unlucky. 3. We are being cheated. The first explanation is remediable. The second explanation is routine and expected. The third is too rare to worry about.
Then my new friend loans me a book which he says he has found particularly helpful...Tournament Poker And The Art of War by David Apostolico. Sub-titled How The Classic Strategies of Sun-Tzu Can Transform Your Game. I unreservedly recommend this book, by the way.
Let me cut to the chase here. Before I even start reading the actual text, in the foreword written by Andy Bloch, I find this quote by Sun-Tzu: "Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious quotes." That's on page xi. Before page one, for goodness sakes.
I am thinking that would just about cover the Withdrawal Curse.
Check out the thinking of my friend Jennifear.