what you don't know

A few years ago I was on Poker Night In America. I was never invited back. It may have something to do with me not talking much. I generally don't talk a lot at the table but knowing that this was for TV and lively table banter was what the producers wanted, I made a mental note to chat it up.

Working against me though was Seat 1.  Seat 1 wouldn't shut the fuck up. The entire time we played, he would not shut the fuck up. I can't over state how much he wouldn't shut the fuck up. Not one to yell over him, my goal of chatting it up wasn't met and I mostly just sat there and silently turned straights and rivered full houses.  

On break one of the people associated with PNIA said to me "You sure don't talk much."  I said something about it hard to get a word in but the PNIA guy was already walking away. 

Also on break, Seat 1 told me he had a debt collection business. He collected debts that were written off and at this point in the game if the borrower didn't pay they wouldn't face any repercussions. I questioned him how it was that he was able to collect if that was the case.  He said, "Well they don't know that."

Seat 1 is now serving 8 years in jail for the largest debt collection scheme in US history.  

I'm not happy about his circumstance, jail probably sucks.  I'm just taken back with how vocal he was about the scheme.  A lot of interesting characters in this here poker world.  

time on hands

Very long story short, and one that if you've followed me you already know... My lawsuit versus a DEA agent over where I could sue him for illegal seizure made it to the US Supreme Court a few years ago. I just found this gem on YouTube.  Scroll past the beginning for body language and hand gestures that made my night. 

wild west

It was approaching midnight in Tahoe. It was the second night we were without an opportunity to play. All of us were exhausted. This weekend's crew consisted of Hua, myself and my friend Razor who I brought along because she was out of work and needed to make money. I told her she could have 10%  of my my half to hang out with me. Having a friend around never hurts for cover and she could run errands, like securing lucky seats. 

Hua was asleep in the bedroom of our two room suite. There was a game 4 hours away starting at 5am. A good game, perfect info in a casino that took heavy action. I went in to wake Hua up and tell him to get a move on. We were going to hit the road.

"No, I'm tired."

"Come on Hua!"

"Fine, but you're driving," Hua roared as he pulled himself out of bed.

"Are you sure you trust this guy?" Razor, who had only met Hua yesterday, asked.

"Yea, he's just grumpy. Let's go!"

I drove us the 4.5 hours to a casino in the literal middle of nowhere. We had about twenty minutes till game time. We parked, and separately hurried in to the casino to try and predict the lucky table that our lucky dealer would end up on. 

5am rolled around and Joseph, that morning's target, came right to me. It was glorious. Immediately Hua took his place at first base. I could see every card, 100% perfection. 

Three hours later we were stuck 30k. Almost our entire trip bankroll. I called the game, we were done. 

Now what?

Hua volunteered to drive 4 hours south to another team member's house to get us more money.

Fast forward to 5am the next morning. Same situation. Razor and I at third base and Hua at first. The only difference this morning was that we couldn't lose a hand. Less than half way through the session we were up 90k. Hua kept giving me the leave signal. I didn't want to leave, I wanted to win 90k more! He was adamant though. Fine. Session over. 

Hua's opinion was that it was dangerous for us to have a 6-figure win and we were safest to quit at plus 90k. 

We kept the chips to cash out at a later date and hit the road, driving into the sunset. Up 60k for our 4 day trip wasn't bad and Razor was happy to make some money.