I was at a poker party the other night with some friends I had not seen in several years. One of them is David, a pro I used to play with all the time. He was with his girlfriend, Liz, who I had not met. We three were chatting along, and I asked the tradition question, “Where did you two meet?” David paused for dramatic effect, and then proclaimed, “We met at a poker table.”
“Tell me more!” I said.
“It was at the $15-30 limit hold’em game at The Oaks,” David said. “I was in seat 7. There were three loose players in the game, all seated to my immediate right, in seats 4, 5 and 6. And on my left I had three rocks. It was the greatest seating set-up imaginable. Liz was in seat 2. Liz and I had had some flirtatious exchanges. But just how warm were the waters? The main thing I knew about her was that I really wanted to know more about her, and of course I wanted her to know more about me! So when the player in seat 3 quit, I moved from seat 7, the best seat at the table, to seat 3, the worst seat at the table, right in front of the three actions players. I did this just so that I could sit next to Liz in seat 2. She is an astute player and she understood what I had done and why I did it. She knew I was throwing money away. She knew that I lived for seating situations like the one I was enjoying in seat 7, and that I had abandoned all that, just to be close to her. And we are currently living happily ever after.”