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 ….to the Chair and the judges. I would like to add that I would have been neither surprised nor disappointed had Mr. Parkanyi's effort prevailed.

Had this contest occurred two months ago, I would have squandered the proceeds on a trip to Tunica and taken a whirl at Texas Hold 'em. However, I wound up doing it on my own dime and learned several hard lessons.

First, bad cards won't kill you; it's the really good cards that are just not quite good enough, that will.

Second, the game itself is slower and duller than baseball; I realize many will challenge me on both accounts - so be it.

Third, the younger players have been watching too much TV. Unlike the older players, they mull for many minutes over almost every hand, wear their ultra-wide brimmed, ostentatiously colored baseball hats backwards, and are generally surly (win or lose).

Fourth, the older players are not a bit shy about calling "clock" when the younger continue to tarry.

Finally, the game can't hold a candle to duplicate bridge. Here you can just "muck" your bad hands and snooze until a good one comes along. In duplicate, every hand must be played and played well and played quickly; a poorly played hand whether a good one or a bad one counts against you, significantly; slow play can get you penalized or bounced.

Despite all that I would play again if they used a format seen in an Australian tournament where you had a max of 30 seconds to make your bet and one couldn't bet "all in" before the flop. It makes for a faster, less theatrical game and prevents a dominant chip leader from foreclosing many good potential hands with pre-flop all-in bets.


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  1. Jeff Watson on September 21, 2010 6:40 am

    Instead of Hold’em, try Omaha, Hold’em is for baseball hats worn backwards, tilted, attatched to headphone wearing 20 somethings who’s only experience is on the internet, and only game is hold’em. It’s also where the fish are. Omaha and 7 card stud is for guys who grew up in backrooms, not clicking a mouse. Congrats on the win:)

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