Count this as one of those posts that warns you of future posts...
I love playing poker, Texas Holdem', specifically. Don't worry, I play in a league that goes for points and bragging rights and not money. I am a responsible Husband and Father of four. I'm not gambling away my money. Our President and Congress have that taken care of anyway.
But I love the game. You've read posts here about how much I love sports and competition. Being on the other side of 35 and having a family, I had lost the outlet of competition. Not a lot of regular sports leagues out there for the older dudes. The poker league fills the void nicely. Plus I don't have to worry about getting hurt, that is unless I'm playing with my buddy Ernie (we've been in this league for about a year now) and old guys are making him angry.
Sure, there is some luck involved in the game, and playing with horrible players enhances that to some degree. But I do find that there is a good deal of skill involved and that breeds some great competition. This is especially true when you hit the table with 9 other good players. Not saying I am great or anything, but I think I am at least decent. I don't do anything half way ya know.
Another plus has been the friends I've made that I'd otherwise never have met. You can never have too many good friends and/or acquaintances.
So here's a warning, I may post about poker from time to time in the future. Hopefully the stories will be at least a tad amusing. Probably not as amusing as some of Ernie's, but oh well. Be sure and read this post by Ern. He talks about our yet to be co-written book, Poker Jackassery. :)
Oh yeah, the league has a web site if you want to check it out. Click here.