Sunday, June 1, 2008

A game where psychological toughness is everything

USA Today's Friday edition had a fascinating story about poker.  Now, I'm not a poker player -- in fact, the only card game I know is "Go Fish" -- but I have a new understanding of and respect for the world's best poker players.  

According to the article, winning at poker requires incredible psychological toughness.  Yes, there's the luck of the draw, but "the odds are with the players who win the mental game."  Said one of the top players:  "You're always trying to figure out what your opponent is doing."

Players are also "extraordinarily observant" and "tough minded."

I've not watched poker on TV before (though it seems to be on all the time), but now I'm curious to see these guys in action.