Jaw Drops In My Poker Face

January 9, 2009

Long long ago, so long ago, my father tried to teach us the game of Poker.  Atleast, the Poker that he and his friends used to play in local clubs.  That Poker was played with a pack devoid of numbers from 2 to 9.  Each player was dealt 3 cards, and the rest was put aside.  My father, though a genius in his own right, is hardly a patient man.  We could never get it into our head that Ten Jack Queen of different suits was higher than Ace Ace King.  Hang over from playing too much Ace.  Though we remained poker faced, to not give away the fact that we didn’t understand a thing, my father discerned that the game was lost on us.  So, before long, he reached for the rest of the cards, shuffled together the entire pack and we continued playing Rummy instead.

Not very long ago, in other words, day before yesterday, while listlessly changing channels, we stumbled across the telecast of World Series of Poker.  This riveting game atlast bestowed a Eureka moment on me.  Yes, now, with a clear understanding, I can truthfully say what an amazing, marvellous game it is.  The James Bond franchise really didn’t do it justice in the movie Casino Royale.  Why do movie makers not take actual occurences in real life to glamorize on the reel.  There was this round on the series where a guy named NGO Mike pulled a cool bluff on Theo Tran to win that round, quite ingeniously.  Though he spoiled it by letting it get to his head and showing off immediately after, this could make quite an impressive inspiration for screenplay writers.

My husband says I am one person who could never play poker no matter how well I might understand or appreciate the game, since my body language will give away whenever, if ever, I try to bluff.  Good thing my father did not waste any more time than he did trying to teach me.  Speaking of bluffs, if you ever get to catch that round between NGO and Tran on a re-telecast or on YouTube or whatever, observe the fact that Tran fell for the bait because he thought of the exact same conclusion that NGO intended him to arrive at.  You will realize that falling for a trick is not as stupid as one would think.  The one who tricks and the one who gets tricked need to be on the same wave length, atleast, in the game of poker, for the trick to have any success.  So it is, either ways, a commendable thing.  Even then, I do not stand a chance.  Body language, you see.

Anyways, the guy who won the event was a cool-headed, deserving player, Grant Hinkle, who we were rooting for throughout.  Besides our support, and his family’s, I must add, luck also seemed to favor him big time in the final round.  He had a 10 and was all in with close to 9 million dollars.  And 3 of the comunity cards turned out to be 10.

Jaw dropping or what.

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