Okay, so if you saw my March 9th post, you know I was learning to play poker with a roomful of Harvard librarians last Thursday evening. So this afternoon, at my weekly dinner with my sister and her husband, a retired 20+ year submariner, I mentioned the session, and talked about a number of the points Professor Nesson made about the strategy of the game.
Within 10 minutes, my brother-in-law had hauled out his poker felt and a bunch of chips, and the three of us were playing Texas Hold ‘em. It was great reinforcement of Professor Nesson’s teaching, with some of my BIL’s strategies thrown in for good measure. I was cleaned out at evening’s end, BUT in one hand I had unexpectedly filled a gutshot straight and pulled in a huge pot! And the high I got was close to the ones I get from teaching.
The colorful jargon (the flop, the turn, the small and big blinds, fourth street, the river, etc.) is sure to appeal to librarians, but the psychological aspects of the game are even more compelling. If you haven’t ever played Texas Hold ‘em, get somebody knowledgeable to show you how it’s done (or check out Youtube for the plethora of TH’e video tutorials there — be aware many of them are sponsored by online poker enterprises). This is yet another skill I really wish I’d learned long ago, before I set foot in my first library job.
More as it happens, probably after the flop,