A Little Luck is Always in Order
So it happened again.
I won another poker tournament.
This time I was not up against a final player who appeared more interested in his vodka than the game. Rather, I was up against a player who had recently made it to the final two tables of the World Series of Poker.
This was the second hold’em tournament I’ve won in the last six I’ve entered, including a 7th place finish also. Upon winning a good friend suggested I needed to do this more often, that I was a damn good poker player. I am, however, inclined to find explanation for this success, for now, in another fact that is all too easy to forget about: luck.
It’s just like the winemaker. How much luck is really involved in making a good bottle of wine? Enough to pay deference to the Gods I think. I’m thinking here of the weather. I recently heard a story about the Tennessee winemakers who not only lost a crop due to a deep freeze, but many of them lost their vineyards due to the freak cold snap. And in California at this very moment we are at the point where an untimely frost could devastate those vineyards that are now budding out just about everywhere. And this doesn’t even get us to the issue of rain in the fall. I submit that in order to make a good bottle of wine, one has to agree to put themselves in fate’s hands.
I got lucky when I was dealt two aces and two other players were dealt two kings and two queens. It was a big bet and a raise before it got to me, allowing an all in bet by me that led to two calls. I was lucky. The other two players played well, but were unlucky.
I suppose the issue is perspective. I’ve always looked curiously at those who say, "I don’t believe in luck". As though any rationalization for such a statement could ever justify its absurdity. The grapegrower is a firm believer in luck. They hope for it. The better grapegrowers are sensible enough to pray for it even if they are atheists.
For those of us who really want to see lots of very good wine on the market, but aren’t involved in growing the grapes we too should hope and pray for luck where the weather and grapegrowing is concerned. Right now across Sonoma and Napa vines are taking on that tinge of green as small buds open and spread patterns of green across the vineyards. It’s a marvelous sight. Like all spring occurrences it’s a symbol of hope. New beginning. But hope implies potential. What we are looking for this time of year is the opportunity for the grapegrowers to apply their skills and talents. But they’ll need a just a little luck for the next month to assure they get to that point.
I needed a little luck to win number 2. Skill and talent played a role but it would not have mattered had I not been lucky.