Now safely back on the east coast after my week in Colorado, this morning I read James McManus’ weekly poker column in the New York Times with great interest. He notes a quote by Alexis de Tocqueville that in a lot of respects sums up my newfound facination with the game (and probably everyone elses, for that matter):
“Those living in the instability of a democracy have the constant image of chance before them, and, in the end, they come to like all those projects in which chance plays a part.” This was true, he deduced, “not only because of the promise of profit but because they like the emotions evoked.”
Yes, the emotions……like when your opponent hits their flush on the river after you’ve gone all-in with two pair, aces and queens? Or winning a big pot after setting a perfect trap with a set of sevens? I’ll take the latter.