Poker – We Are Not Fortune Tellers

Numerous times I have heard players complaining about the cards whether they play in online casino or land based casinos they mucked after they see the flop. They will make a comment about what they would have had if they stayed in. Here is an example: The flop will be K-8-7. After the hand the player next to me will say “I threw away King-8, I would have had two pairs.” They then usually qualify the statement by saying, “Not that I would have played that hand.”

Some players don’t like to hear other players making statements like that. I am quite happy to let them tell me all about what hands they would have made if they knew what the flop would bring. By telling me about the hands that they threw away, I now have a better idea of the types of hands they will play. In this instance I know the player next to me is not going to play a single King with a weak kicker. This is good information to know.

Any time you make a comment at the table, you are revealing something to others about how you play your game. It is in your best interest to just make your best decision and then keep your mouth shut if you don’t like the outcome. There will be times when you will make a wrong decision while playing poker. Every player at one time or another has mucked a winning hand. It happens if you misread a player or the strength of his hand. There is nothing you can do to change the outcome. All you can do is continue with the game.

These are examples of decisions we make while playing Texas Hold’em, but there are other instances I see in my daily life as well. Many of my friends and co-workers regularly trade stocks. It’s not uncommon to hear someone lamenting that they sold a particular stock only to see it jump five points the next day. These same people complain that they should have sold earlier when they see a stock drop below the price they paid when it was originally purchased.

Have you ever cleaned out that garage or basement only to find that an item you look for the following week was thrown out? You lament that you should have saved that item for the future. The fact is it probably would have gone unused for the next ten years if you had saved it. You are not alone.

It’s human nature to look at the outcome and lament on what would have happened if we made a different decision. You have no control over what will or will not happen. You DO have control over decisions. You have to make your decision based on all the available facts that you have at your disposal and be confident that you are making the right choice. Sometimes this will not always bring about the desired outcome but you have to learn to accept the fact that you made the correct choice and then move on. They always say hindsight is 20-20.

We are only human. Sometimes we make a wrong decision. When this happens we need only ask ourselves if it can be corrected. If it can, we correct it. If it can’t, we learn from it, we accept it, and we move on. Exhausting resources by worrying about past events that cannot be changed will serve no practical purpose. It will only make you crazy if you dwell on it, and if you let it bother you, it could affect your future decisions.

As human beings, we will all make right and wrong decisions at the poker table and in life. It is part of the learning and growing process. Anybody who has never made a mistake has never attempted anything new. It’s how you handle the outcome of your decisions that really matters.

You are not a fortuneteller but you are an intelligent person. Make all your decisions in life based on the facts, as you know them. Understand that the outcome will not always be as you desired, but that’s a fact of life we all must learn accept. Play your game and live your life to the best of your ability and be happy.