Miscellany: Poker Night
Playing Texas Hold 'Em with people who have just learned the hand values is sort of like playing chess with someone who just learned how the pieces move - they might be able to grasp the basic mechanics, and, indeed, can pantomime a good game, but they have no chance against someone who knows what they're doing.
Small advantages turn into larger ones, and soon the underdog player is forced into increasingly desperate gambits. Apparent victories for the embattled newcomer quickly disappear into crushing defeats. In the end, there's simply no hope.
Remind me why I'm playing poker with the guys again tonight? :-)
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