When I was at Foxwoods, rooms were at a premium, so I ended up sharing a room with top Irish tournament player Don Fagan, known as Anthony in his final-table heroics last year in Aruba. Shortly after we arrived in the room, we decided to make use of the safe provided. I placed my money and passport in the safe, as did Don, and then, as Don was the guest, I allowed him to pick our code. Don decided on 2020, which is a bit of a joke because he’s blind as a bat. He then decided that maybe we should take the money out and first have a practice go at locking and then reopening the safe, just in case. I mentally made a note to try to back Don to get to the second day of the big tournament whilst telling him, “Just go ahead and gamble, for god sakes.” He tried to, but eventually he cracked. Don took out all the contents of the safe and went through the practice routine, which worked like a dream. He then put our money back into the safe and repeated the operation. There’s a bit of a poker lesson in this, in that sometimes you can get from point A to point B without taking any risks at all. Others might have adopted a gung-ho attitude and taken a senseless risk to get to the exact same spot with no added upside.

By the way, 48 hours later, Don was being followed around the table games at the casino by an adoring audience who were hugely impressed with his total fearlessness while gambling at the tables. It’s amazing how a guy can go from making such a tight play at the safe to a loose play at the tables, with …