POKER FACE

POKER FACE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

1) Daniel Negreanu - $34,151,327.
2) Erik Seidel - $33,333,457.
3) Antonio Esfandiari - $27,096,274.
4) Fedor Holz - $26,746,838.
5) Phil Ivey - $23,466,348.
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For those of you unfamiliar with a deck of cards, these names will mean nothing to you.
But for those of you seasoned with gambling and the card playing arena, you'll identify them quickly as familiar and famous "Poker faces."
These boys have turned "card playing" into a lucrative financial career and made themselves a wee bit of money in knowing how to play an Ace.
Hats off to Kenny Rogers and a few of his well versed lines in "The Gambler."
Listen with me and tune in to him later.
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He said, "Son, I've made a life
Out of readin' people's faces
Knowin' what the cards were
By the way they held their eyes
So if you don't mind me saying'
I can see you're out of aces
For a taste of  your whiskey
I'll give you some advice

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin at the table
There'll be time enought for countin
When the dealin's done."
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I've never played a game of Poker, and I'm unfamiliar with the rules ... but I'm willing to learn.
The game intrigues me primarily because of a loved one's interest and investment in it. For this reason I've given myself a brief education which I find somewhat fascinating.
What intrigues me most about Poker is not the game itself but the "eyes" and the terms of engaging.
Through the eyes of a Poker player, the donning of dark glasses is strategically essential in  providing him with three key competitive edges.
Here are  "3 C" strategic components conveyed to me through Poker players and their dark glasses:
1) Concealing the eyes prevents a Poker player's hand from being read. Even the best of players recognizes a likelihood that he will provide his opponent with a revelation and knowledge of his hand if he chooses to leave his eyes wide open for study.
Eyes should be prized, guarded, and concealed in a careful manner.
Satan, in like manner, is a worthy opponent who studies the "eyes" continually and makes strategic use of them through temptation. If you don't develop a Poker face you might find yourself in trouble. He knows precisely what cards to play and when to play them.
Hmmm ...
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2) Concentration is profoundly impacted when a Poker player places himself in a "concentrated" room through a simple pair of shades.
Success, in like manner, requires healthy focus and concentration, and an ability to effectively shut out temptation and distraction.
There's nothing like a vertical focus to effectively concentrate the mind and afford it peace.
"Unto Thee I lift up mine eyes, O Thou that dwellest in the heavens."
Psalm 123:1
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3) Confidence in a Poker player is elevated when he strategically and openly places a "classy looking" concealer over his eyes. A Poker player's countenance is charged with competitive showmanship through a simple pair of glasses. He's not threatened or intimidated by opponents but concentrated and confident.
Conveying and carrying one's self with confidence is extremely empowering and energizing, and attained through a strong and ardent walk with Christ and time in His word.
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Indeed, there's a power ignited in the eyes,
which can neither be questioned nor denied.
No words necessary.
Consider the words of a tax collector and seasoned gambler by the name of Matthew.
"The light of the body is the eye. If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness."
Matthew 6:22-23
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So much to be learned through a Poker face.
So much to be seen through the eyes.
Hmmm ...
Maybe it's time to invest in a pair of shades.