Despite the weather forcing us to change venues only an hour before the game, we managed to play a very laid-back game of poker tonight and everybody did pretty well.
Initially, I thought we should just play at my apartment despite the snow. I made it home for dinner without dying. (Well, actually I had to wait at the bottom of the hill for 10 minutes while they got a stuck car out of the way.)
After the game though, I realized it was a good thing that we didn't have everyone attempting the drive. From the time I turned at the light, my speedometer never showed anything close to my actual over-the-ground speed. Sometime the delta was 20 mph... sometimes more. Fun driving.
so yeah, Saturday's events reminded me of the uneven playing field that exists in pizza-land. Domino's sucks. Having gone to undergrad in the midwest I'm still a fan of Papa John's. When I was younger we used to favor Pizza Hut, but I'm not that impressed these days. Ramunto's makes a really good pie, as does C&A's, not so much EBA's.
(a) As mentioned previously, I have no big problem with two-gender poker games. What we did learn from Saturday, however, is that tables of 4-5 are way way way better than 7. So maybe the idea of two tables could be applicable to the normal 2 hour nights? Similar rules of optional switching every (half-?) hour, maybe no forced switching? Anyway, just a thought.
(b) I think that "costume" items - cowboy hats, sunglasses, etc - are silly, but that's the point, right? For me anyway, poker night is all about having fun and chilling with "the guys" (which can mean male & female), and taking oneself too seriously is a bigger problem than the reverse.
(c) we totally need serving girls. For the ladies, you can have a serving guy, I suppose, but I'm not really turned on by the thought of a guy walking about in a thong. 🙂
(d) I had forgotten how much Domino's pizza really sucks. [this will be continued on another post, here.]
And after 6 hours of playing poker, I'm ready to not play for a week or so. I thought the game worked out pretty well though. We had two 4-person tables and switched people back and forth every couple of hours. Throw in 6 pizzas from dominos (which cost very little thanks to the 555 deal) and you've got a decent day.
A few realizations:
1) Eight people breathing in a fairly small apartment results in very humid air and a lot of heat. When everyone left, the temperature was 3 degrees higher than the thermostat setting and the [cold] toilet tank was dripping condensation.
2) Six hours of poker playing actually isn't that long.
3) Playing 4 or 5 people at a table is better than playing 7 people at a table.
4) I need to get some Italian sunglasses to make me look cool. (not really poker related, but true)
5) If there were girls who wanted to play serious poker, I'd let them play.