LAS VEGAS Are you superstitious?
Me neither. The reason I burned all the clothes I'd been wearing during my 0-9 streak over the first six days of the WSOP was strictly a matter of wardrobe modification, an extremely important consideration for anyone hoping to become a serious poker pro.
While the offending garments were being reduced to ashes in the dryer my suite doesn't have a fireplace I went to the fridge to check on the condition of my lucky bowl of fruit salad.
I know, I know. First I claim not to be superstitious, and the very next minute I'm talking about a "lucky" bowl of fruit. All I can say is: Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. And history tells us that deteriorating pieces of fruit and poker I'm sure I don't have to remind you about Johnny Chan and his lucky orange, do I? are a most felicitous combination. While an orange is more than enough help to a player as skilled as Chan, I figure I need more a lot more.
Other than a coating of some white fuzzy stuff that looked and smelled a lot like athlete's foot, my lucky fruit seemed to be in pretty good shape.
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Sadly, my luck did not improve at least, not right away. This may have had something do to with my leaving the fruit bowl in the back seat of a cab on the way over to the Rio Tuesday afternoon. Note to employees of the Yellow-Checker-Star cab company: If any of you finds what appears to be a furry bowl of fruit in one of your cabs, please do not throw it out. I'm offering a large reward a year as a wait-person at the Times Square ESPN Zone for its safe return.
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