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"I Also Like To Live Dangerously"

By Wyatt Earp | January 29, 2006

Well, that was damned fun.

Last night, my uncle had my brother, sister and cousins over for a “Casino Night.” Much like everything else he does, my Uncle Ray pulls out all the stops for get-togethers. In this case, he recently purchased a combination roulette/craps table, a blackjack table, and a suitcase full of chips. Now, I’m no James Bond, but I have played craps before, and can hold my own in blackjack. Roulette is fairly easy . . . but I didn’t have a clue how to play Texas Hold ‘Em.

Yeah, yeah, I know. ESPN (and every other damned station) televise this stuff, but I was never all that interested. Add to that the fact that I haven’t played poker since I was in high school, and I looked like the biggest loser in the room. Thankfully, my Uncle Ray and my brother Chris enlightened me – plus Chris told me to check out Party Poker online. Soon, I was ready to go.

At the beginning of the night, Ray gave everyone (13 of us) $460 worth of chips. We weren’t playing for any real money, since it was the first time, but Chris, his wife Kim, my sister Allison and I all ponied up a $5 pot for whomever had the most chips at the end of the evening. We started with roulette, and I came out about even. After that we moved on to blackjack – where I got my ass handed to me. How many times can the dealer (Uncle Ray) draw a 20 or better???

My brother was making stupid bets . . . and winning on them. A short while later, we started playing craps, and Chris kept making stupid bets . . . and winning! I, on the other hand, was making safe bets . . . and losing my shirt. By the time we started playing Texas Hold ‘Em, I was down $200. Nice.

About seven of us were playing Hold ‘Em, and my 20-year old sister was cleaning house. I won a few hands by bluffing – I am a compulsive liar, so this game played to my strengths! – but lost more than I won. All in all it was a lot of fun, but I need a lot more practice.

When we tallied up the scores, I ended the night with $149 of my original $460; Allison finished with about $300, Kim finished with a little over $600, and my jackass brother won the pot with his $1,310. Crap.

Next time, I’ll be ready for him.

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5 Responses to “"I Also Like To Live Dangerously"”

  1. The Anti-Hippie Says:
    January 29th, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    Man, that sounds like when I play poker!

  2. Peakah Says:
    January 30th, 2006 at 1:29 am

    Poker night rules!

    I went to my crazy cousin’s wedding this fall and when we got back together… the money came out and we played until everyone passed out at the table. (then we played with their chips… cuz that’s the rule)

  3. The Conservative UAW Guy Says:
    January 30th, 2006 at 12:29 pm

    Better luck next time!

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 30th, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    AH – Unfortunately, yeah.

    Peak – I agree. It was a blast, but winning would have been better.

    CUG – Thanks. Next time I’ll be ready.

  5. linda Says:
    January 30th, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Just wondering, are you up to date on your tetnus shots?