Thursday, June 16, 2005

Now who's the idiot?

I was taking a look at a couple of comments on my last poker post. Something Hank wrote got me to thinking...

Yes, I'm female. Yes, I'm blonde. Do people make blonde jokes around/about me? Yeah, sometimes. With this stereotype around, I'd be an idiot not to realize what an advantage I have! Having people think I'm dumb at work is a bad thing, and I've built a great reputation here over the years by proving I'm very intelligent. Having people think I'm dumb at the poker tables gives me the ultimate advantage!

I'm a very happy-go-lucky person in general. Anyone who's met me in person knows that I will find any excuse to laugh and enjoy myself. At the poker tables, this is a huge distraction to anyone around me, especially guys. Under the right circumstances, I can enchant the entire table. It's not as hard as you'd think to play hold'em and play the part of the social butterfly.

Add to that the long blonde hair. Those men who think I'm bubbly and fun now also think I'm dumber than a box of rocks. I would never try to dissuade them from those notions either. [In a sing-song voice] "Oh my. I don't think I can beat your two pair. I don't have any pairs, but all 5 of my cards have these pretty hearts on them."

Al has been there for some of my best performances. My favorite was at the Borgata in Atlantic City, where I was seated at the end of an all-male $300 max NL table. I started out kinda serious, but I wasn't catching any cards. Instead of trying to force hands with bad cards, I began chatting with the guys around me to pass the time. I found out that the guy to my left had been gambling and drinking all night, and he was still boozing it up when I sat down around noon. He'd had some big swings in gambling wins and losses, but he'd come back from an $8,000 roulette loss and was feeling pretty good. It also seems that he didn't see the wedding ring on my left hand, either. The guys to my right were more sober, but just as clueless as the drunk guy. I'll skip the sordid details, but I walked away +$1200 after only 4 or 5 hours. I'd take that table again any day!

No, this tactic won't work at every table. Some people are just immune to my personality. Good poker players usually aren't distracted by me, but they're not the ones I'm targeting. My targets are the fishies on the live tables that are just looking to be cool and emulate what they see on TV. If they're dumb enough to believe that they can watch a couple of shows, play a couple of home games and win tons of money at the casinos, they're my type of idiot.


Blogger carissalyn said...

great blog! you've even got me contemplating going back to blonde!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Easycure said...

I have this feeling you have a great "brush your hair out of your face, flip it and grin" move. That's a club this guy doesn't have in the bag. Use it.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Joanne1111 said...

You just unveiled my whole strategy lol...

2:12 PM  
Blogger Jaxia said...

Being a woman does have advantages :D Welcome to the blogging world!

8:27 PM  
Blogger April H. said...

I'm really enjoying your blog. Welcome!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

Please don't smile at the table next time, its very distracting. :)

12:40 PM  
Blogger helixx said...

weeeee. another blog to read, written by someone i like a lot. mark me down as a regular reader!

u rock.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Joaquin "The Rooster" Ochoa said...

Note to self: Don't get in a pot with the dumb blonde.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Maudie said...

Being in the heart of redneck country, I take quiet joy out of scooping a big pot with a big smile and "wow, didn't think my 4 kings would hold up - thought you had 5 hearts....just lucky I guess..."

8:36 AM  

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