My father, Dick Van Patten, an actor, but a true gambler taught me how to play poker and handicap the racing form at the tender age of eight.
He knew I had "the bug," like he did, and it was better to teach me properly than to see me burn money in the future. So he taught me all forms of gambling and how to do it like a pro! I became obsessed with being an authority and a master at all forms of gambling.
I was playing in big cash games at age 16 and was always a winner.
Later in life, I had my own game in the 90s and early 2000’s which became a huge cash game for the rich and famous.
What I took away from these experiences was invaluable.
My philosophy about poker and gambling is to keep it fun. Never get too much out of control.
Keep good records, and you too can be one of the 2% that actually walk away making money in this exciting yet tricky world! It’s all about control over yourself and getting value for your money.