Monday, May 30, 2011

Poker gems, #423

Mike Caro, in Poker Player newspaper column, June 6, 2011 (vol. 14, #25), page 10.

If we found some magic way to survey all of the world's poker players and determine who the top 1,000 actually were, based on skill and ability, we'd discover that most of those 1,000 are lifetime losers. And, remember, we're talking about the best 1,000 out of perhaps 100 million living people who have played the game worldwide. That's the top one in 100,000, on average!

And I'm telling you face-to-face, right now, that of the group that represents the top one in 100,000, most of them lose at poker. They suffer bankroll destruction. They destroy themselves.


farmer-don said...

So grump, do you agree with this assessment?

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI, you already had a #422.

Rakewell said...

Anon: Thanks. Fixed.

Don: It seems like a completely untestable, unknowable proposition. But I think it's an interesting and provocative one.

Sebastian X said...

Surely managing cashflow is part of what defines the best. I think it was Barney the Boatman (reasonably well known British player) who had one of those terrible runs that wiped out his bankroll, so he went back to small games and worked his way up again.