Have you ever done something that shocked even you?

Have you ever done something that shocked even you?


In December 2008 I sat down at a Texas Hold'um table for the first time ever, and did fairly well.

It was a "Nickel Roll" table (meaning it was a cheap game) that cost me eight bucks. Usually twenty or more nice people, interesting stories, and a shared sense of humor at the rest of the world and how they all run around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off.

I decided I could afford the eight bucks a day to just have the experience. It was a way to get my mind off a deeper, darker tragedy that had unfolded recently. Something that will have repercussions forever. But that's another story.

So I won the third Nickel Roll I entered.

"Huh." I thought.

Within the week I'd won money in two more.

"Huh." I thought.

In the next three months, entering some higher dollar tourney's where the play was no more difficult than the small tourney, I played 120 times and was at the final table half the time. At the final table I ended up with the most chips half the time.

There's a thing in small Texas Hold'um tournaments where the final players, those in the money, usually split the entire pot, calling it a "chop". So even though I had the most chips at the chop, I don't really know if I would have won.

I won four tournaments in a row (highest number of chips at the chop), and won six of eleven the next week.

It got a little embarrassing. Some of the regulars would look around to see if I was there before they signed up, and some that were considered professionals refused to play with me in the same tournament. I'd have to come in late so I wouldn't scare people off.

I've never played a really big tournament, although I've played some satellites and sold the seats I won.

One of these days maybe. But I'm not greedy.

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