Highly Recommended: a Class (or Two) in Texas Hold ’em for Every Librarian

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,

Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at claguard@fas.harvard.edu, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.