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If You're Playing Tight, You Ain't Right (Sorry Tommy Angelo)
By BRAD WILSON
In every card room across the United States there lives an ancient, mythical, and critically threatened creature: Old Man Coffee (OMC)

OMC has shown up to play cards through 6 different presidents, three wives, and four wars.

When Ronald Reagan famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” OMC watched history being made on the massive 21-inch screen at his local cardroom.

An OMC, Jack Crawford, welcomed me to the game of poker back in 2004 on a Florida cruise ship to nowhere. Jack was a multi-millionaire who loved playing cards, doling out wisdom, and doing his crossword puzzles.

The poker world owes guys like Jack an enormous debt for being faithful stewards and ambassadors of poker during an age when cardplaying was heavily frowned upon by society. But the era of OMC domination has officially ended and, in my mind, it came about for a very surprising reason: Lack of experience. 

“How can this be, Coach Brad? They have been playing poker longer than anyone. That sounds like a bunch o’ baloney!”

As the philosopher Seneca wrote in 49 A.D. in his essay, “On the Shortness of Life” -

Just because Old Man Coffee has played poker for 84 years does not mean he has PLAYED poker for 84 years.

Think about it like your life.

When you’re 20-years-old you’re so confident you have all of life’s answers. Your ability to determine right and wrong is on point, you look at older folks and know exactly where they went wrong and what they should have done instead, and you’ll never be affected by advertising or propaganda because YOU UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING!

At 20 you’re all, “I’m never gonna get divorced, EVER!” and your friends all nod somberly in unison.

By the time you hit 35 the only thing you know for certain is that you don’t know anything. You’re telling your new friends jokes like, “Why is divorce so expensive? Because it’s worth it!” and all of your friends laugh because they know it’s true. 

How could one person change so much in 15 years? It’s pretty simple really. 

Your 20-year-old self had no actual real life experiences. You just had some Hollywood fairy tale idealized version of the way things were supposed to work in your soft little noggin. You had exactly zero experience navigating adult life.

As you started trying to figure things out on your own you observed that some liars were getting ahead, some cheaters were actually “winning”, some of your bosses did not care one iota about your existence, and the government…

Oh, let’s not get started on the government.

You started to have experiences that brought awareness to the fact your previous “truths” were now suspect. This is the price you pay for wisdom. 

Old Man Coffee is the poker equivalent of the forever 20-year-old peter pan manchild who chose to never grow up. OMC latched onto the “tight is right” philosophy with a ferocious death grip because it was an easy way to beat the game… 

But it made him afraid of making aggressive mistakes. It made him afraid of being loose and playing pots out of position.

Every single time he folded or refused to pull the trigger on a massive bluff he missed an opportunity to have a learning experience.

He stubbornly refused to adapt as the young guns three bet him again and again.

He sneered with contempt as he folded his top-pair face up when the internet wiz kids 2x potted the turn (They showed him a draw).

“They’ll eventually screw it all up! I'll have the nuts and I’LL TAKE EVERYTHING!!, he thought.

But then he made the nuts and something even weirder happened. The kids just shut down without putting another red bird in the middle. Their aggression had already given them the wisdom to know exactly how to slay OMC.

Poor OMC. All those lost opportunities to learn and grow. He didn’t take enough chances to gain the necessary wisdom needed to navigate the modern landscape of winning poker. 

That’s why I occasionally give my students weird homework like “Punt off some stacks and let’s talk about it next week”. It’s about venturing into the unknown so that you can have experiences and gain wisdom.

Here’s my coaching link if this kind of coaching appeals to you https://chasingpokergreatness.com/coaching

And that’s why, with all the love and respect to Tommy Angelo in the world:

I believe you ain’t right about playin’ tight.

Coach Brad
If You're Playing Tight, You Ain't Right (Sorry Tommy Angelo)
By BRAD WILSON
In every card room across the United States there lives an ancient, mythical, and critically threatened creature: Old Man Coffee (OMC)

OMC has shown up to play cards through 6 different presidents, three wives, and four wars. 

When Ronald Reagan famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” OMC watched history being made on the massive 21-inch screen at his local cardroom. 

An OMC, Jack Crawford, welcomed me to the game of poker back in 2004 on a Florida cruise ship to nowhere. Jack was a multi-millionaire who loved playing cards, doling out wisdom, and doing his crossword puzzles.

The poker world owes guys like Jack an enormous debt for being faithful stewards and ambassadors of poker during an age when cardplaying was heavily frowned upon by society. But the era of OMC domination has officially ended and, in my mind, it came about for a very surprising reason: Lack of experience. 

“How can this be, Coach Brad? They have been playing poker longer than anyone. That sounds like a bunch o’ baloney!” 

As the philosopher Seneca wrote in 49 A.D. in his essay, “On the Shortness of Life” - 

Just because Old Man Coffee has played poker for 84 years does not mean he has PLAYED poker for 84 years. 

Think about it like your life.

When you’re 20-years-old you’re so confident you have all of life’s answers. Your ability to determine right and wrong is on point, you look at older folks and know exactly where they went wrong and what they should have done instead, and you’ll never be affected by advertising or propaganda because YOU UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING! 

At 20 you’re all, “I’m never gonna get divorced, EVER!” and your friends all nod somberly in unison. 

By the time you hit 35 the only thing you know for certain is that you don’t know anything. 
You’re telling your new friends jokes like, “Why is divorce so expensive? Because it’s worth it!” and all of your friends laugh because they know it’s true.

How could one person change so much in 15 years? It’s pretty simple really. 

Your 20-year-old self had no actual real life experiences. You just had some Hollywood fairy tale idealized version of the way things were supposed to work in your soft little noggin. You had exactly zero experience navigating adult life.

As you started trying to figure things out on your own you observed that some liars were getting ahead, some cheaters were actually “winning”, some of your bosses did not care one iota about your existence, and the government… 

Oh, let’s not get started on the government. 

You started to have experiences that brought awareness to the fact your previous “truths” were now suspect. This is the price you pay for wisdom.

Old Man Coffee is the poker equivalent of the forever 20-year-old peter pan manchild who chose to never grow up. OMC latched onto the “tight is right” philosophy with a ferocious death grip because it was an easy way to beat the game… 

But it made him afraid of making aggressive mistakes. It made him afraid of being loose and playing pots out of position.

Every single time he folded or refused to pull the trigger on a massive bluff he missed an opportunity to have a learning experience.

He stubbornly refused to adapt as the young guns three bet him again and again.

He sneered with contempt as he folded his top-pair face up when the internet wiz kids 2x potted the turn (They showed him a draw).

“They’ll eventually screw it all up! I'll have the nuts and I’LL TAKE EVERYTHING!!”, he thought. 

But then he made the nuts and something even weirder happened. The kids just shut down without putting another red bird in the middle. Their aggression had already given them the wisdom to know exactly how to slay OMC.

Poor OMC. All those lost opportunities to learn and grow. He didn’t take enough chances to gain the necessary wisdom needed to navigate the modern landscape of winning poker. 

That’s why I occasionally give my students weird homework like “Punt off some stacks and let’s talk about it next week”. It’s about venturing into the unknown so that you can have experiences and gain wisdom. 

Here’s my coaching link if this kind of coaching appeals to you https://chasingpokergreatness.com/coaching

And that’s why, with all the love and respect to Tommy Angelo in the world: 

I believe you ain’t right about playin’ tight. 

Coach Brad
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