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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A funny thing happened at the poker table last night.  I was

playing over at the Red Rock casino where they happen to have a

really big bad beat jackpot (some casinos run a promotion that

if a player has a very, very strong hand beaten by a stronger hand,

like four-of-a-kind beaten by a straight flush, they pay everyone present

from the bad beat fund, which happened to be $167,540 yesterday).

Of that money, $45k goes to the losing hand, $35k goes to the winning

one and the rest gets split amongst everyone playing at the time.

Last time I was playing, a table hit the bad beat and we all got a $200

share of the bad beat fund.


Back to last night…I'm playing at a fairly average Texas Hold 'em table

and not getting too many good hands, until this one came up:  I had

a pair of 8's in my hand and I made a full house on the flop (community

cards) which was K-K-8.  I knew my hand was best, so I was surprised

when an old lady at the table raised me; she had been making a lot of

weird plays all night, so it didn't concern me since the only hands

that beat me were two kings or a king and an 8 which would have made

a larger full house and she didn't play preflop like she had the kings.


The next two community cards were a 6 and another 8.  I about wet

myself when the last 8 came off as it gave me four-of-a-kind, a nearly

unbeatable hand!  Unfortunately, by then, the old lady and I were

the only ones left in the hand, but we kept raising and reraising until

she ran out of chips – I think we each made about 8 bets.  I triumphantly

turned over my cards and proclaimed my four-of-a-kind.  Imagine my

surprise when she showed her pair of kings for a better four-of-a-kind!

At first, my heart sank deep into my chest when I realized I had lost the

hand.  Within seconds, however, the whole world started to fade away

as the realization that I'd just won $45,000 came to be. 

F-O-R-T-Y-F-I-V-E-T-H-O-U-S-A-N-D-D-O-L-L-A-R-S!  Holy Shit!

Even as I type this now, it doesn't seem like a reality.  Within that one

hand of poker, my immediate life had changed - I could put life on hold

for another year!


The rest of the night is a blur; the whole room was abuzz with activity

after it happened and everyone wanted to come over and hear the story

of the hand.   I vaguely remember being taken to a back room in the

casino to fill out tax forms and collect my check.  I'm shirking reality

again and I couldn't be happier!


  • At 4:38 AM, Blogger raymond said…

    i think there was dihydrogen oxide in your water that you drank last night.

  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    Baacwwta Tmutsts Aha FEhf Taoca.

  • At 4:36 PM, Anonymous surfmoer said…

    if i wasn't in vegas for halloween, i'd have to call bs. um, april fools??! :)

  • At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Tim said…

    Hmmm. How about you re-post this some other day? You know, to verify the validity of it...

    If this is the case, you're chipping in so Pope can play hockey this season.

  • At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd suggest reading the first letter of each line in the first paragraph...

  • At 1:01 AM, Blogger Al said…

    Sigh, I got all excited for you over a joke... does that mean the opposite is true, that the experiment is coming to an end soon?

  • At 6:50 AM, Anonymous The PoPo said…

    I can't believe you deleted my initial comment!

    You can't swing this one by a University copper!

  • At 1:33 AM, Blogger William said…

    looking back now...if you did hit the jackpot during your vegas expenditure, would you (a) still be grind away a living, and (b) would you be better or worse off compared to where you are today.

    I think I know the answer...


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