November 09, 2004
I've written about it before, but I'm going to say it again: Poker is the very best card game in the world. It's a pure test of will, guile, intelligence, acting, brass balls and blind luck with money as the scorecard. You can reach the height of ecstacy or tumble into the pit of despair at the poker table, and sometimes you can do both on the same night.
I read a couple of other like-minded card-players who seem to think about poker much the way I do. It's a gamesman's game. You're playing your opponents, going for the POT, not going for the best hand every time. The cards fall as they will, but as "Cool Hand Luke" said, "sometimes nothing can be a cool hand."
Luck is not the ultimate factor. You need good cards to really clean house, but I submit that a good poker player will beat a poor poker player 9 times out of 10 even if the good player doesn't have the best cards. Knowing when to bet, how to bet and when to get the hell out are skills that you don't develop overnight. Some damn painful and expensive lessons went into teaching me what I know today.
I love poker. The only thing better than raking a big pot is sex, and the older I get, the more I... well, never mind. I don't like poker THAT MUCH yet.
We have a game going down at my house Saturday night...wanna play?
Sweet One might let you win....but, probably not.
I've played poker since my dad taught me as a way of helping me with math back in the 2nd grade. I've played 5 and 7 card stud, and draw poker all my life, and I'm intrigued by the Texas Hold'em you see played on television. Of course, I can't find a friendly game up here, so I don't play as often as I'd like.
Methinks it would be fun to try a little poker at the next blogfest. I'd love to sit at the table with you and V-man. I bet he's a hellacious player, considering the bullshit quotient. You? You'd whoop my ass and hand it back to me, I'm certain. But V-man? We can take him.
Maybe you are a reincarnation of Doc Holiday? Ever play Faro? With a six gun on your hip?
Beware A-man's reading recommendations, at least on my part -- I'm a life-long net loser. I'm still on the path to the proper Zen state necessary to be a master. It's a fun little trip, too...especially when the deck's hitting you in the face, and you're making the right moves.
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I agree with you on the main issue of the topic. I remember, long time ago, Jack London said something like "Everything positive has a negative side; everything negative has a positive side." I also find it interesting to see different points of views and learn useful things in the discussion.
Posted by: Richard Hill at May 14, 2005 08:59 AM