Phil Hellmuth once said, “If it weren’t for luck, I’d win every hand.”
When it comes to poker and life we have all been either lucky or unlucky depending on the situation and some are more fortunate than others. With poker they are always players that will be on the unlucky side of the spectrum and others that are luck boxes and hit everything (at least against me). In my own experiences with playing poker I feel that I tend to be a little on the unlucky side though not too bad. On the other side of the coin I feel fortunate in life in what I have and the opportunities I have been given. But I feel when it comes to poker that factor of luck even amongst the pros can distinguish you from being world class or just a really good player. For every player we see on television who made a final table and luck ran their way and go on to win a seven figure payday there are hundreds of others who are just as good if not better where luck did not fall their way.
There’s often that big pot you lost that could have bank rolled you for bigger and better things or that river card that cost you a final table. These things happen all too often in the poker world and is hard to manage sometimes. There have been plenty of times I’ve wanted to throw my laptop across the room or reach across a table and strangle someone but I always try to remember something that someone once told me: “it doesn’t make any sense to get mad because there is nothing you can do about it and just hope that next time luck falls in your favor”. This works about half the time but it still helps.
I feel that with poker you try your best to continue to learn and progress and become a good enough player to win in those situations where you can use skill and experience to help you win and limit the amount of chance situations. Like it or not poker has a big element of chance, but I will take a million bad beats if I can just win that one at the right time that can get me to that next level.