Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 24, Part 8

Trey Smith

Chuang Tzu said, "If an archer, without taking aim at the mark, just happens to hit it, and we dub him a skilled archer, then everyone in the world can be an Archer Yi -- all right?"

"All right," said Hui Tzu.

~ Burton Watson translation ~
One of the "new" televised "sports" is poker. It seems like every tournament these days is won by a different individual. The way the commentators tell it, the new champion will be someone to be reckoned with in the "sport" in the days to come. And yet, many are never heard from again!

Like anything in life, I'm sure there is some skill to poker, but a lot of it is random luck. You could be a great strategist, but if the cards don't show you some random favor, you are going to lose more than you win. Consequently, I think some of these one-time champions just happened to have a "lucky" tournament. They were "masters" for a day or a week.

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