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Thanks Soma, You Are A Class Act
Posted by JJ on 5 June 1998, at 11:13 a.m.
This is in response to yours on 4 June 1998, at 2:00 a.m. Also, your previous one posted on 2 June 1998, at 5:38 p.m.
In my experience and observation, the main problem area of BJ gaming for a large number of players is greed, lack of patience, limited time amd limited BR, or to put it in few words, lack of adequate preparation. The first two (greed and lack of patience) are in the personal qualities area.
You either are naturally blessed to be a person of 90%objective 10%emotional rare specimen or you worked on it to reach the level desirable to attain by any player.
In my criteria for winning at BJ, just to illustrate my point, you would be scored: 95% in Personal Qualities, Strategy, Goals & Timeframe being on automatic pilot (or on cruise control in my Driver and Road analogy) with your experience to guide you through thick and thin (and you "treat those two imposters just the same" beautifully put into prose by your other old friend Ruddy Kipling in IF).
I fully agree that above a certain level, placing constraints on yourself or your game would be pointless. For your info, I do the same as over the year it becomes natural or even instinctive.
In your previous post you commented: It doesn't take an 'incredible amount of heart' or an 'iron will' or 'a fierce determination to succeed or 'nervous of steel' or an 'inordinate amount of discipline' or 'self-control'. For your info, those are not my words. The entire paragraph (Para 4 is taken in it's entirety from a prominently known math oriented counting author). I offered a prominent counter's advice to those who exhibit supreme confidence in counting alone, or limited tendencies or one track thinking, such as "if you do not count as I do, you are practicing voodoo even if you win".
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