Sunday, October 10, 2004

The World Series of Poker

I never expected television would be the first corner of popular culture you'd see here. From June '02 thru May '04, I lived on my own and didn't pay for cable. I've been back in my parents' house for a couple of months now, supposedly to save money although I keep finding ways to lose that which I save. They have cable. Here we go.

The World Series of Poker is today's pick because of its educational value. If you've ever played cards before, you can learn not only the rules, but also some of the nuance involved in Texas Hold 'Em. Heck, after watching a few shows, I even understood Omaha Hold 'Em, which is a little trickier. Poker is an excellent game that requires you not only to calculate your odds on the fly and judge the practicality of your wagers, but also to read your opponents' faces and moves for signs that they either have a scary hand or an empty one.

The cast of characters is great. There's a guy nicknamed Jesus with sunglasses, long hair, and a cowboy hat. You can also find a dude whose last name is Moneymaker. Whether that's his real name, I don't know. A lot of foreign players make appearances, too, which adds to the intrigue as players need to learn to read reactions across cultures.

You can learn a lot from TV. You just need to know how to look. I learned the dating essentials through television and the movies a lot more than I learned by doing. When my mom's video camera was still working, I learned a lot about my golf swing by having someone film me. I don't even have to start talking about The History Channel here. Take caution, however, and don't watch TV any more than you have to. About the only thing worse for you is sitting in front of your computer writing meaningless reviews of semi-obscure pop cultural phenomena that no one will ever read anyway. By the way, I took second out of 8 in my first ever (5.5 hr long) game of Texas Hold 'Em tonight. Not bad, eh?

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Good night, world.
~MTB

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