Sunday, March 25, 2007

Poke ’er? I beg your pardon...

No, not "poke her"; poker! I find there is no better way to make a little extra money.

Every couple of months (despite a rather long recent hiatus), I like to have a poker evening. Time was -- in London, three years back -- that there would be seven of us playing, but one person moved back to Australia and another moved to Manchester, then me and the missus moved out of the Big City, so it's been a little haphazard of late. Still five people is plenty fine.

And we seem to have settled back into a routine: alternate venues, London and Kent. Last night it was the turn of me and Wife to host.

The rules are simple. No limit Texas hold 'em. The blinds go up every hour. £10 initial buy-in, with unlimited buy-ins permitted after that.

So we all coughed up our ten squids and the first cards were dealt. First hand I get pocket rockets -- a pair of aces in my hand. Sa-weeeet. Not that that means anything really in a low-stakes game on the first hand, but it sher looks perdy.

We played all evening, from about 8:45 till 12:45, eating and drinking as we went, chatting, laughing. It's always good fun. One of our number, she loves to gamble, and she loves to drink. She loves to keep buying in. All in all, a lethal combination.

Still, I can't complain, being as I came out THE WINNER! I walked away at the end of the evening with a PROFIT of £41.50, another guy made £2.50, and Red made £1. The other two went home empty-handed, stripped of even their stake money. Now that's what I'm talking about!

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Blogger Red said...

You da man!

Now, are you gon' buy me something perdy with all that cash? (Bats eyeslids flirtatiously.)

25 March, 2007 11:34  
Blogger Tanya said...

Well done, *!

25 March, 2007 13:16  
Blogger cappy said...

I. LOVE. POKER! was going to a local casino (my first time) for my birthday, but changed our minds for two reasons.
1, the who are playing locally that night.
2, none of my mates can play. and although the thought of skanking them of their hard earned was tempting, i couldn't bring myself to do it!
shame really as it would have cost us £80 for our own table with one of their croupiers, for two hours. not bad. well i thought not. might do it later.
vic bought me a poker set for xmas, so i think i will invite a cuple of em down for a night, and teach them!

25 March, 2007 14:00  
Blogger Milla said...

Ohhh Red got il pound della bandiera! So all in all your household is 42.50 quid better off today. How nice! You can buy sycamore seeds aplenty, for Cat -and we can have fun aplenty watching Cat enjoying himself with those.
I can't play Poker; it always seems like a complicated game to me.

25 March, 2007 15:22  
Blogger martinobhoy said...

I prefer 5 card draw myself because I like the fact that no-one knows what everyone else has got.

And aint it great when a bluff comes off? One of the most satisfying things about playing poker.

25 March, 2007 20:23  
Blogger Karen said...

Growing up, I always thought poker was poker (I'm guessing this is the 5 card draw martinobhoy is referring to?). However, with it's huge surge in popularity, I've realized there's more than one way to play. I tried once to play at one of those online free game places...I was terrible. Guess I'll just stick to cribbage.

Congrats on the wins, for both of you.

25 March, 2007 21:35  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

Over 40 bucks up...not too shabby [*]

25 March, 2007 23:41  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

Poker's fun, but I don't play very much at all. When I did play some, it was before everybody started playing Texas holdum. We played old-school poker - straight seven. My father was a pretty serious poker player before he met my mom. He played during the week, then on Friday and Saturday nights he played clarinet in a dance band. The rest of his time was devoted to betting the ponies. He had a few years where he didn't work for the man, didn't keep regular hours, did whatever he wanted. After he met my mom, he sold his clarinet and his sax and his drums and got a job, then later opened his own business, which he was pretty happy at. When I was growing up, I asked him countless times why he sold his instruments, but he never had an answer. He continued to play 'social poker' (as opposed to making a living poker), and was an excellent player.

26 March, 2007 00:36  
Blogger Biddie said...

I played poker once in my life. Unfortunately for me, it was strip poker,and I lost my shirt. Literally.

26 March, 2007 04:13  
Blogger Ben said...

I'm too cheap to play for real money. I'm one of those perverse types who will happily play for meaningless chips. It's all about the thrill of competition. Or something.

26 March, 2007 06:09  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Red: I am da man, ain't I? Yeah, I'll buy something nice for ya.

T: Thank you!

Cappy: Poker rocks! I've never played in a casino, but I'm sure it's fun. Just get a bunch of mates around, with some beers, pizzas, and as much money as you can afford to lose!

26 March, 2007 09:44  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

There's something very alluring about poker. Alas, I've never learnt to play, but I suspect I'd be able to hold my own. Every time I'm in Vegas I look at the card players and yearn to join them.


26 March, 2007 09:48  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: We'll make sure to buy plenty sycamore seeds! Poker is actually very simple to learn but difficult to master...

Martino: I don't like draw so much (it seems too random and with too little in the way of bluffing potential), but I don't mind stud (5 or 7). Hold 'em is my fave, though.

Karen: There are many variants, but in North America I believe seven-card stud is the most played version in home games. I play online occasionally, but not for real money!

26 March, 2007 09:51  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

APP: £40, which is like A$100, isn't it? Yeah, I was happy!

Mr A: That's an interesting story about your dad. It sounds like a really romantic lifestyle. Very cool.

Biddie: Oops. That's not the way it was supposed to go, huh?

Ben: I think poker has to be played for money to have any meaning, y'know. Anyone can bluff if there's no money riding on it, but the higher the stakes, the bigger balls you gotta have!

G/puss: You should give it a go. Like I say, it's easy to learn hold 'em, and then it's a case of honing your skills.

26 March, 2007 09:54  
Blogger Pickled Olives said...

Congrats on the big win!!!! My grandpa taught me and my siblings when I was 5 to play poker using m&m's as our chips. The sounds a casino causes a pavlovian response in me. Fortunatly I don't have much opportunity to play.

26 March, 2007 14:26  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Olives: Thanks. I've never been to a casino, although I will one day! I can just imagine how cool it must be.

26 March, 2007 16:02  
Blogger Milla said...

If it involves numbers, I will be useless at it. I'll never learn.

26 March, 2007 16:26  
Blogger Gardenia said...

Way to go! Don't know if the casinos are much more than entertainment, I've heard they are pretty careful - but ya never know - I won sixty dollars in the slots once that I promptly turned around and fed back in and lost. Now, I only visit a casino for the buffet crab legs, people watching, and wishing I was better at the games. We are only about 2 hours from a casino area on the beaches.

27 March, 2007 18:53  

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