My friends all attribute my months of bad luck, bad cards, and bad beats to “variance.” According to The Poker Bank, variance is “the statistical downswings and upswings involved with playing poker.” Though really, no one talks about variance when they’re winning. They talk about skill or good fortune or finally getting what they deserve. So “variance” simply means, “that’s life and that’s poker and sometimes it sucks.” But if everything else is equal (in other words if you’re not a total idiot), then your luck should turn around eventually. As mine finally has. But will it continue its upswing or return to a downswing. I like to think that the upswing will continue. After all, that’s only fair. And life is fair… isn’t it?