Sunday, June 1, 2008

Episode 4: Hitchhike Poker

Show Notes for Episode 4:

  • “Poker Woman Blues” (1929) by Blind Blake

    Blind BlakeI love to gamble, gamblin’s all I do
    I love to gamble, gamblin’s all I do
    And when I lose, it never makes me blue

    I gambled away my money, I gambled away my shack
    I gambled away my money, I gambled away my shack
    Same way I lost it, same way I get it back


    I won a woman in a poker game
    I won a woman in a poker game
    I lost her too, win another just the same

    Sometime I’m rich, sometime I ain’t got a cent
    Sometime I’m rich, sometime I ain’t got a cent
    But I’ve had a good time, every way I went

    I got a new mama, ain’t gonna gamble her away
    I got a new mama, ain’t gonna gamble her away
    Goin’ to keep her with me each and every day

  • “Tales from the Tables” by Bob Woolley
    (a.k.a. Rakewell, the Poker Grump)


    Stupid Things People Say at the TablesThe “Poker Grump” returns with the continuation of his list of stupid things players say at the tables, including the ever-popular “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.”

    For the first part of the list, check out Episode 2.






  • An excerpt from The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    'The Gambler' by Fyodor DostoevskyIn which Granny comes to Roulettenburg and wants to go to the casino.

    A couple of years back, I wrote a series of four posts about The Gambler titled “Dostoevsky Is Not Considered Summer Reading” in which I discussed how the novel might be of particular interest to poker players. Those posts begin here.




  • “Hitchhike Poker,” Suspense (originally aired September 16, 1948)

    CBS RadioStarring Gregory Peck (Ray Fowler) and Ed Begley (Belden). Produced and directed by Anton M. Leader. Written by John and Gwen Bagney.

    Here is the Wikipedia entry on Suspense. Hundreds of episodes of Suspense remain available. Here is a page containing a sampling of some of the best.

    And here is a story about Utah’s recent license plate poker contest.

  • 1 Comments:

    Blogger bellatrix78 said...

    You know, nothing bad about this, but the poker grump comes across as not grumpy, but stuck up. Stop trying to explain to me, why there are no hot streaks, what do you think I'm dumb or something? No, really, even though you're right, you sound like this:
    Some drunk guy says: "Tonight, 2+2 is 5"
    you: "No, you don't get it. 2+2 will always be 4, here is why, say you have two balls and then you take two other balls and then you count them up, one, two, three, four. They will always be four."
    Just let the drunk guy be.

    Chicken dinner was mostly coined in Binions in the 50s, because their Chicken Dinner was only 1.50$ instead of 1.79$ or whatever. So when you hit a blackjack (on a 1$ wager), you had a "dinner". Dealers used to say it all the time, when you hit your blackjack. Recently the movie "21" had a whole intro with that phrase, so naturally you're gonna hear that a lot from wanna-be gambolers.

    Although I cringe when I hear those phrases, especially the explanation on why AK is called "The Anna Kournikova", at the same time a huge smile appears on my face when I hear them.

    June 20, 2008 at 8:09 PM  

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