Its Christmas Eve....so I'm not going to dwell on much today. Rather than go on and on about some little piece of info on playing poker, I'll share the following story with you. As always, if you read closely, there is a lesson to be learned.
Last night I get a really vile email from an unnamed Fannation member telling me how terrible I am at poker and how good he is. It goes on to tell me how this person would destroy me if we played against each other, but alas....there is simply no way to make this happen. Oh darn.
Hmm....there's this little thing called the internet, isn't there? And I do believe, if I'm not mistaken, there is at least one online poker site out there, isn't there? So we could easily play on say....FullTilt.com, couldn't we?
But all of that is beside the point.
What I did was reply back with a simple challenge. Guarantee me $2000 is available to win, and I will personally fly to this person's city and play them heads up. We can either play Hold Em for $2000 each, or we can play $200 buy in, plus one $200 rebuy; and play each of the five disciplines of HORSE.
Hold em, Omaha hi/low eight or better, R****, Seven card stud, and seven card stud hi/low Eight or better.
Either way he wanted to play was fine with me, and I would fly out on Monday, 29 Dec.
Now this seemed like a fair offer, but of course, I get this reply.
"There's no way I'm telling you where I live. I'll meet you in a neutral place, but we'll have to work out where, so there's no way we can do this on Monday. I've got the $2000 though, and I will destroy you. I played in World Series of Poker Circuit Events in 2003 and 2005, and I finished in the top 30 in both of them".
Well, you have to know how much I laughed. First at his run away from the challenge, and second at his recollection of the events.
You see, the World Series of Poker didn't start circuit events until 2005, so it is impossible for him to have played in one in 2003. In 2005, there were 10 circuit events around the country, but since he didn't specify which one he played in, I have no way of verifying his "top 30 finish". But seeing as he couldn't possibly have played in one in 2003, the rest of his claim is suspect as well. But if he would like to provide me with the tournament location, I can easily go on CardPlayers.com and verify his top 30 finish, as they have a database of every circuit and main event. (Don't worry, I don't expect to get this information either).
So the lesson today is this: If you're going to challenge someone, and provide outrageous claims in doing so, make sure the person you are challenging doesn't write a blog, and doesn't have access to a frigging computer to disprove your claim in under 30 seconds.
But it isn't like I'd call him out in public. That would be embarrassing. Lets just say that since this, he decided that he couldn't "fly" really super anymore, so he's now just a hero of a town that makes steel.
Y'all have a great Christmas, Boxing Day, Hanukkah, or any other way you choose to celebrate. If none of the above, have a shot and a beer and bring in the new year.