Chip and a Chair

Chip and a Chair

A few weeks ago I started playing Texas Hold’em Poker. I had never really played it that much before but I have been enjoying it a lot lately as my understanding of the game has improved. I enjoy the element of strategy vs. luck and a successful bluff always feels like an achievement when successfully scaring someone away if I have a bad hand or tricking them into betting more if I have a good hand. I am still a young rookie but I am quite pleased with the way I have been playing for my level. I’ve been in the last round of quite a few games already.

My first attempt at playing poker was during my college years and did not go so well. I didn’t lose money and fall into massive debt but I did have to give them the shirt off my back. My shirt was not the only item of clothing I lost either. We were playing strip poker.

I can’t claim that it was not having an understanding of the rules that made me lose. However, I can blame the alcohol. We were all fairly drunk but I was the only one drunk enough to be playing a different game entirely to the others. A few minutes (and items of clothing) into the game I was asked a question that made me realize my mistake.

“Stuart. Why did you just pick up two cards from the deck?” One of the girls asked me.

“Because a two was just put down and I didn’t have one,” I slurred back.

There was a short puzzled silence before she asked, “Are you playing Black Jack?”

“So that’s why I am losing,” I suddenly realized.

Even when I started playing the right game it did not do me much good. We were playing no-limit poker and I lost everything.

Luckily the last few games have gone a little better and I am very happy to say that we have been betting with poker chips instead of clothes. I think there has to be at least a 1:1 girl/boy ratio for playing strip poker to be legal.

My house mate and I have already set up a regular poker night with some friends (we had our second this weekend). I bought a nice set of poker chips a few weeks ago and the other day my house mate got a poker mat for the table. If we carry on we believe it will only be a few weeks before we get a roulette wheel, some slot machines and turn the house into the first in a chain of Invading Holland Casinos. Anyone who would like to apply for a job as a croupier or a member of bar staff should leave their application in the comments. Available positions are only temporary since it may only take a few days for us to be arrested for gambling with out a license.

9 responses to “Chip and a Chair”

  1. zed says:

    i offer to take care of the money. temporarily, naturally ;)

  2. ChickyBabe says:

    I can’t even keep a Poker face, let alone play!

  3. Matt says:

    I’m a big big no limit hold ’em player. I love the game. I’ve had some successes but generally stay about even with my gambling. I play on line…. wait a second…If there are many others willing to play we could always arrange a private online game!??? Get about six of us – I’m going to look into this.

  4. Charlemagne Stavanger says:

    Love Hold’em man, wish I as there :)

    Me & some guys use to go to Las Vegas and play blackjack until they started to use like 10 decks…

    If you ever start the Invading Casinos give me a call, maybe I’ll be the bouncer

  5. Invader Stu says:

    Zed – It sounds risky but at least when the feds come we can say you are behind it all.

    ChickyBabe – I’m slowly learning how to make a poker face and reduce the amount of tells I do

    Matt – I’d be interested in that

    Charlemagne Stavanger – Will you be able to keep the feds out?

  6. Charlemagne Stavanger says:

    For a place where you can buy drugs openly, Holland has a pretty strict Casino policy huh?

    If all the feds are guys then I’m cool, otherwise I’m smoked. Another idea, how about an online casino?

  7. Bonestorm says:

    I once won a hearts tournament blind drunk. I don’t remember anything past half way through the semi final. All I know is I woke up the next morning with the trophy next to my bed.

  8. Invader Stu says:

    Charlemagne Stavanger – I don’t know the details but from what I have heard Holland does have strict gambling laws.

    Bonestorm – You’re either very lucky or very unlucky that it’s the only thing you woke up next to.

  9. Rose says:

    Texas Hold’em Poker are they not spammers? LOL

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