Tonight I'll be representing InGamer at a poker tournament and I'm not gonna lie, I am extremely nervous. I always felt, before I learned how to play, that poker was a man's game and women were there to either loosen their purse strings or show off their card cleavage. I thought it was a game of luck, but it turns out the addition of intimidation and enticement are proponents that make playing extremely rewarding.
Poker screams Las Vegas - high rollers, sexy women in scanty outfits, piles of cash and bags of sweat. At least that's how I remember it when I was there. What's best about poker is in fact anyone can play; young, old, all different races, religions and genders. Even donkeys are welcome to play, the more the merrier. It's not about what your cards look like rather than what you want them to appear to be to others. It's a skilled game where you can outplay your opponents with weaker hands, something that rarely occurs in sports. Some of the best poker players in the world are stowed away in cool basements playing online for twelve hours a day. Some of them are loud mouthed attention seekers or quiet shape shifters. Poker is not about people, it's about personality, character and taking risks.
It's also a place to lose yourself, and let the cards fall as they may. Just don't go for the smoking barrel when you get ousted on the river by a low pair from some gal with a great pair. I've watched many poker tournaments on TV over the years and I've learned to never be certain of your victory until all five cards are down, you'll save yourself years from your life.
I hope I don't get knocked out too early; it's been a while since I played this greatly challenging game and I would really like to show up the people who will overlook me. I guess it all depends on who I want to be when I get there tonight, and how I handle my hands. I'll let you know tomorrow how I do!