Sunday, January 29, 2006
Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em
This weekend while Shelby was in town I joined her and some of her former co-workers for a girls' night of poker. I'd never played before, other than some occasional handheld video games or a couple video poker slots at casinos. And I'd definitely never played Texas Hold 'Em, a more communal version of poker. Shelby regularly has girls' poker nights where she lives, so she's basically a pro.
We each put in $10 and got the same amount of chips, which had no relation to the pot of cash. Whomever had the most in chips at the end of the night got to take home the pool of cash - a total of $60 as there were six of us playing. It took me a while to catch on to the game as I was shy about betting too much and taking risks. I finally got into the swing of things and started betting big and taking chances, especially when I realized that the chips I was hoarding wouldn't do me any good beyond our game of poker.
The game dwindled down to three of us after the other three lost all their chips. I was about to fold my last hand, but the others convinced me to stay in because after all, it was the last hand. We started betting big and low and behold, I ended up winning the hand. We counted up the chips and to everyone's surprise, especially me, I had the most in chips and won the pool of cash! I left with $50 more than I came with! Talk about beginner's luck!
Now I have to convince some of the gals in my circle of friends to try out our own ladies' night of poker!
"Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker. " - Mike McDermott, Rounders
Posted by Nanette at 6:16 PM