(In worst Russian accent) "Pay dat man his money." "Dat ace couldn't have helped you."
"What did you think he had? Does that look like a man beaten by jacks?"
"Don't splash the pot."
Ahh, yes. No poker night is complete without the constant regurgitation of lines from "Rounders." Food, beverages and cards. I organized and hosted a little poker fun for a few of my friends that are supposedly players of Johnny Chan caliber. But Saturday, the luck was all mine. I can count all the times I've played Hold 'Em at an actual table on two hands, but still I have never caught as many good cards as this time. I think there were 9 guys the first game and pretty much throughout, although the women weaseled their way in by the 4th game. The wives all went out for dinner and then came back... mostly to mock us. For Julie it was mostly to mess with the music i.e. start playing Jodeci. Ugh. That's usually the first sign that "Man Night" is about to crash and burn.
But I digress. I took the first game, the 3rd game and apparently split a pot with Julie much later. Much later. If I wasn't catching good hole cards, I was playing rags and still getting great flops and lots of luck on the turn and river. Our EP at work Jeff, did take me out a couple times on the river to stay alive. Chris Gervat has won his share of poker games, which was obvious. More obvious was his disdain for my luck. Jeremy Sampson drove about 25 minutes to get in a game after working the late news, and was promptly bounced on the first hand. Jeremy's another good player and he hung around for one more.
Of course, anyone out early had the opportunity to play the always-exciting dice game "High Roll." So, fun was had by all, including our assignment editor, Tim who needed a "Man Night" like Teddy KGB needed the Oreos.
The next day I woke up without a dollar in my wallet. Weird I thought. But before too long, in came the phone calls from people who accidentally left with the poker pot. Thank god. I would rather explain why I hate Jodeci to Julie rather than how I misplaced my winnings.