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Texas Hold’em

Justin Tardiff | Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Once a week my friends and I partake in a little game called Texas Hold’em. Every Friday between 4 and 5 p.m. we gather in my room to test our luck and bluffing skills. After classes end we gather around the table for a little fun.

For those of you that do not know, Texas Hold’em is one of many ways to play poker. In this variation two cards are dealt face down to each player. A round of betting takes place. Then three cards are dealt face up in the middle – this is referred to as the flop. Another round of betting takes place. One more card is dealt in the middle, which is named the turn. Once again the players bet. After the fifth and final card, the river, is dealt the final round of betting takes place.

We have had some epic hands over the course of the last semester. One of the more memorable hands was when I had a jack and a nine. My friend Spack had an ace and a king. The flop came up as ace, king and queen. The turn came up as no help to either of us. After the turn Spack decided to bet aggressively. I had no business staying in since the only card that could help me was a ten. Some people still have no idea what I was thinking, but I decided to test my luck and try for the straight. Hermes, the Greek god of luck, must like me because as the river revealed itself to be a ten, Spack’s jaw fell to the floor in disbelief. That was not the only time the river has brought me luck. Spack had pocket sevens with another seven on the board after the flop. I called with pocket Jacks. Once again Spack was out of luck for I picked up a third jack on the river.

I am not the only one to make Spack wish he had better luck. My friend Burkhardt had a six and a nine. Spack had a king and a queen. After the flop Spack goes all in with a pair of queens. Burkhardt picks up not only a six but also a nine. We now commonly refer to the six and nine as the money hand. Burkhardt has made other people sorry they tried to beat him. Burkhardt had a queen and a five. My friend Harks went all in with pocket jacks. As Burkhardt shouted, “B****** come in pairs!” Two queens showed up on the table.

So what is the moral of the story? Boys and girls, the thing to remember is that ladies come in pairs, and if you have a six and a n ine be aggressive, for it is the money hand. Spack may know a great deal about the game but could always use more luck. If you are looking to have a little fun, try your hand at a little game called Texas Hold ’em.