This is gonna be a bit long so I’m warning you in advance – TL;DR.
No I’m not gonna talk about the luck aspect involved in the cards itself..everybody must know about that by now..everyone knows skill prevails over luck in the long run. No, I’m gonna talk about the luck aspect involved in the life aspect of poker mainly from my own life’s point of view.
I believe there’s lot more luck involved in poker than people actually realize..again not specifically to do with the fall of a card. Your being in the right place at the right time, choosing one decision over another, whether to put up most of your bankroll to play in that one particular tournament or cash game or whether not to, deciding whom to back, who’s action to take, etc etc…these actions might seem trivial at first but in reality decide the luck factor in a lot bigger way than the cards at times.
Not everybody who becomes famous or super rich can be assumed to be a great poker player. Your luck alone could result in you luckboxing a huge tournament and then having the bankroll to afford to make mistakes and improve. You might hav put up all of your bankroll on a crazy whim to play a super high stakes game and gone on a roll to set you well financially. There’s so many known instances of people almost ending up not playing that one tournament but eventually playing it and going on to win it.
I consider myself to be very lucky. I have certainly led a charmed life so far with things working out when they most needed to. After I lost most of my bankroll in November, 2010 in Goa, I managed to rebuild it back a bit before heading to take a shot at the IPC in Dec, 2010. I won a bit short stacking my way successfully at the cash tables, min cashed in the 10k event and that’s where my life really changed. It was luck, maybe a bit of fate that resulted in my meeting Aditya ‘Intervention’ Agarwal for the 1st time. I got introduced to him by a mutual friend. Since I didn’t have a room to stay, I tagged along after my min cash in the 10k event. This was the morning of the 25k event. I had this feeling..you all must have had it at some time where you feel, rather you just know that you can’t go wrong. I knew for certain that I was going to win the 25k main event that day and was even ready to put up most of my bankroll then to play it. However, I started talking to Adi while having breakfast. Naturally, as when 2 poker players meet, the discussion was mainly poker. He had heard about my cash in the 10k and got the impression I was a decent player. For some reason, partly because of some reasoning by my parents, I suddenly became hesitant to put up the entire buy in for the main event. So I told Adi about it and he snap took a piece of me and I also sold a piece to Sanjay Lawrence. Then, of course, I went on to win the main event that night, as a result becoming the 1st ever India Poker Champion 😀
To be contd..