Gut Rumbles
 

September 08, 2004

gambling

I've won more money that I ever lost gambling. I've been known to bet on football games, but I prefer cards, because I believe that I have more control over my fate in a card game. I've bet on the dice table at a casino a few times, but I really don't understand that game yet, so I stay away from it. I don't put money in slot machines. I stick with what I'm good at.

Poker is my favorite card game. You always have three things going on in a poker game: First, you need to read your opponents. Second, you need good hands. Third, you can't look at money as MONEY--- it's just a way of keeping score.

Have somebody bet big on the last go-round when you have a quiet, 10-high flush in seven card stud and he's got a pair of aces showing. Does he have a boat or just two pair? If it's two pair, you've got him gutted. But if he FILLED that hand, he's going to gut YOU. Calculate the odds. You already saw two other aces on the table. Naw, no way. Raise HIM.

Sometimes that's the right move and sometimes it's not. Either way, it's got-dam exciting.

Comments

I was in Vegas recently and watched a guy bet $45 on a hand of poker.

Now, I don't know exactly how this works, but -- he got a royal flush which payed $1,000 to $1. He also got a $20,000 bonus for some reason.

So, his $45 suddenly became $65,000.00.

Nice.

Posted by: Mannaz on September 8, 2004 07:37 PM

I worked on a ranch as a kid, and played poker to make my expense money so I could bank my monthly "salary". The kids didn't know odds, and I just took enough profit so I didn't drive them away. Nickels, dimes, and quarters were the bets. I just kinda snuck home with a few bucks a night.

But, I never played with the real cowboys. They knew the odds, and they knew men. Sometimes, they bet a month's wages on one hand. Way too tough for me.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on September 8, 2004 09:05 PM

I've never played Texas Draw like you see on the rapidly mulitplying poker shows, but I've played 5 card draw poker since my dad taught me at age 7 as a way of learning math.

Got pretty damned good at it. He won't play any more.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on September 8, 2004 09:27 PM

Who's bringing the deck to Helen, anyway?

Posted by: Mamamontezz on September 8, 2004 09:28 PM

used to supplament my Navy pay with a *frendly* game of cards....damn, it's been a long time.

Posted by: Guy S. on September 9, 2004 03:10 AM
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