You got to know when to hold ‘em,
Know when to fold ‘em,
Know when to walk way,
And know when to run.
Such is the advice of the unnamed gambler from the late Kenny Rogers’ 1978 hit single, “The Gambler.” While the eponymous hero of that song may have believed his advice to be sound, there remains the undeniable fact that regardless of whatever skill you may have “out of readin’ people’s faces,” there always will be an element of chance to whether you will win at the table. You can never know when to hold ‘em or when to fold ‘em a hundred percent of the time. More often than not, for the casual card player, luck is the determinative factor. Indeed, it is the risk of not really knowing whether “every hand’s a winner” or “every hand’s a loser” that makes the game exciting in the first place.
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