Friday, May 16, 2008

Want to Make $100 in 3 Hours?

It is actually pretty simple - all you have to do is get all your colleagues from work together for a poker night, and totally clean them out. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, this is the sound of Shadox gloating.

Last night we had our monthly company poker night. This was my first time participating (since I have only been with the company for 2 months), and it was also my first time ever playing "serious" poker. I guess I had massive amounts of beginner's luck going for me, because one by one I knocked out everyone in the game. This was a tournament style game where there can be only one winner - the last man standing. The second place winner got back his original investment of $20, which left me with a total of 1 cool C note. You heard right, $100 for hanging out, eating pizza and drinking some beer. I really enjoyed myself - winning probably helped - and this morning in the office the legend of Shadox the lucky novice spread like wild fire.

What can I say. I don't gamble. Even when I find myself in Vegas I don't hit the tables or the slots. When people ask me why, I tell them it's because I understand the fundamentals of statistics... However, spending $20 to buy my way into a game of poker with my colleagues from work doesn't count as gambling in my mind. For me this is just the same as buying a movie ticket - I view the $20 as gone as soon as I get in the door, and consider it money well spent. It is also a good way to get to know my colleagues in a social setting, when we are not all about talking shop. This time, luck was on my side - but, since I know statistics I also know that in the coming months I can expect to leave behind small chucks of change on a regular basis. For now, bask in my glory mortals. OK, I am done gloating.


frugal zeitgeist said...

From one who usually loses twenty bucks in the first five minutes and then wanders off to watch TV, I offer my heartiest accolades. Were you playing Hold 'Em?

Shadox said...

Yup. Hold 'Em. I don't pretend anything but luck was involved, but it sure was fun.

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