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zen and the art of poker booking

So this post is my frustration with people….in the beginning of June when my garage was ready to be used as a drop-in center(complete with pool table, fridge, tv’s, etc) I began to plan for a guys poker night. I was very excited as renovations, packing, unpacking all made it nearly impossible to plan a poker night, which I had been having at our old house. So when I sent out the email I was rather excited…however, I had one guy respond…everyone else was busy…off to camp. I figured to myself that it was bad timing and I would wait till after summer. Then at the end of August I sent out another email…now I had been working on the house and garage even more and I was ready to hangout in there even more…what happened…everyone busy again…so I cancelled it for the second time.
So we are now catch up to today…currently I am planning a poker night for this Saturday, which I changed from last week, so this Saturday will mark the fourth time I have try to invite people to my new garage, house to hang out. Right now I have three people…wow, that’s triple the previous attempts, but still short of a good group of people. The emails I am getting back are…I’m busy…I have a hockey draft(hockey, people still follow that…geeezzzz), I have to wash my hair, my wife won’t let me…(I forgot to mention that since we can play poker and pool in the garage, that spouses are welcome to come hangout with my wife and the other wives), I don’t know how to play poker (i’ll be more than happy to teach you, I’ll even lend you many hours of poker on tv if you want to watch and learn at your leisure).
If you haven’t figured it out….I am frustrated with people and there busy schedules. Come on, I have a busy schedule, a family, a job, make time for me, the little guy. How far in advance do I have to book these things anyways, who do I have to call to make it happen? Please give me the name of your secretary and I will call to book an appointment if necessary. I have better luck booking Gymblast® for 70-80 schools then I do booking a poker night for 6-10 people.

Sorry you all had to be here for that…tomorrow…I will hopefully have calmed myself….
Maybe I should just return to that place of solitude at Ranger Lake. Didn’t have any problems booking anything there.


Top Ten Poker Quotes – #3

“Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of importance—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because they cannot bear self-knowledge.”

David Mamet


Top Ten Poker Quotes – #4

“You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night, go crazy, and throw it all away.”

Bobby Baldwin


Top Ten Poker Quotes – #5

“Limit poker is a science, but no-limit is an art. In limit, you are shooting at a target. In no-limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you.”

Jack Strauss


Top Ten Poker Quotes – #6

We are getting closer to the top 5…here’s #6


In the absence of any mathematical explanation, one thing is for certain; if you engage in games of chance long enough, the experience is bound to affect the way you see God. Successfully draw to an inside straight three hands in a row, and you’ve got to be blessed. But if you’re the person drawn out on, the one whose trip aces just got snapped for the third time, you will go home feeling cursed.”

From Poker Nation by Andy Bellin



Top Ten Poker Quotes – #7

“The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with or, more particularly, with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips.”

From The Gentleman’s Handbook on Poker by

William J. Florence


Top Ten Poker Quotes – #8

This poker quote I believe has been witnessed at my house on many occasions. Thanks Greg.

“The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing did cards, worse even than figuring your odds correctly, is becoming emotionally involved.”

Katy Lederer


Top Ten Poker Quotes – #10

“It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it..”

Amarillo Slim