October 05, 2004

The Lamest of the Lame

That would be me last night, as I stayed up until midnight to watch the finale of the World Series of Poker. Hey, where are you going? Yeah, I see you, backing slowly away with your hands spread out in front of you. Just knock it off. It's not like that, really! I mean, let me explain...

See, I tuned in with three players left: an obnoxious jerky guy, and a brother and a sister at the table, playing each other for a cool two million. Sibling rivalry at its finest. The sister took the brother down with a pair of sixes, and then there were two: the sister (named Annie) and the obnoxious jerk (whose name I have blocked from my memory) who was extremely given to jumping up from the table and pacing around "theatrically," because he suffered from the delusion that all his pacing and muttering and "barbed witty commentary" would psych out his opponent. Well, it didn't. And may I add that the announcers on the World Series of Poker are refreshingly snarky and disdainful? 'Cause they are. It's like pro wrestling commentary, and they didn't have a problem with letting the audience know exactly what they thought of Ramblin' Guy. Soooo, now I was all emotionally invested in the poker game, and muttering things like "C'mon, King! Gimme a face card!" and "Don't fold!" under my breath, and mocking Ramblin' Guy along with the announcers, and then Annie went all in with a pair of nines and she won! Ramblin' Guy went stalking off down the hall, muttering about how he had her but he didn't do thus and so on some particular hand--and he was still wrong, because Annie only showed him her low card on that hand to psych him out and it worked so IN YOUR FACE, RAMBLIN' GUY! Wooo!

Yes, I know. I am lame.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at October 5, 2004 09:11 AM

I don't think you were watching the World Series of Poker. That was won by Greg Raymer who beat about 2400 other contestants. I suspect you were watching a special event that had one table of competitors for a winner take all prize. Basically a made for TV thing.

Annie Duke won, beating Phil "the poker brat" Hellmuth.

Posted by: Richard at October 5, 2004 02:15 PM

I knew I arrived at lame when I was riveted to the t.v. during a Scrabble championship.

Posted by: di at October 7, 2004 07:20 AM