While a man is playing poker, he sees the ghost of George Washington.
“Washington,” he asks. “How can I win at poker?”
Washington says, “You must never tell a lie.”
The man thinks that is odd, because poker can be all about bluffing, but he follows through, folding on hands when he has nothing. Things don’t go well; in fact, he loses almost all of his chips.
He then sees the ghost of Benjamin Franklin. “What should I do?” The man asked the ghost.
Franklin says, “Be inventive.”
So, the man changes tactics, bluffs on almost every hand, but still loses his shirt. With just one chip left, the man sees the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.
“Abe, ol’ fellow, what should I do?”
Lincoln answers, “Go see a play.”