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The Back Room – The Casual

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The only mouse you’ll find in the back room of the Farm Barn is one that scurries away from the light and the sound of a poker game that runs late night once a week – no computers, no internet poker, no electronic gadgets allowed.

I had finished delivering a repaired chair to a Mrs. Helix on the West side of town and stopped by DD’s place for a quick hello.

He was chewing the fat with one of the casual poker players. We have quite a few of these casual players in town that know about our game. Our regulars don’t care for the idea, but realize new money coming in is the reason the game can carry on.

“Give me,” the casual player challenges DD, “one reason why I should like them breaking down the tables. Go on, give me one!”

DD looks over towards me: “How you doing, Lum?”

I nod to let him know I’d heard and kept quiet to hear the conversation. I figured that they were talking about tournaments and the practice of consolidating the tables. Besides, I was curious as to the “one” reason for it from DD.

“Well,” DD muses, “what would happen if they left you sit and you eliminated five of nine players at your table? Would you like that?”

“Oh, hell yes!” the player exclaims. “I would love it.”

DD looks at the guy and asks him: “What about if it happened when the blinds were changing from middle blinds to high blinds with an ante? And you would be receiving the blind every third hand?”

“Hm-m-m. That’d be different.” The casual says.

“How is that different?” DD asks.

“The blinds would eat me up!” The guy exclaims.

“Okay,” DD says, “then what do you think should be done?”

The guy just looks at DD. I wasn’t really sure if he was thinking, had an answer and couldn’t frame it, or he’d come on a null spot in his processor.

DD is not an over aggressive individual, but he is a stickler for reasoned argument. “Why,” he mildly attacks the guy, “should they (the casino) leave a short handed tournament table running, when they can consolidate it with other tournament tables and open the free table to cash games?”

“Hey! I’m playing a tournament here!” the casual says. “I should get a break, it’s important.”

“To whom is it important that you’re playing a tournament?” DD asks.

“I spend good money playing those tournaments.” The casual says, “Every week I play that game.”

“And that means that your play supports the casino?” DD sneaks one in.

“Well, no.” the guy admits. “That’s why I play the tournament. It has a fairly affordable buy-in and I can play a lot of poker that way. If I’m careful, that is. The pay-off’s pretty good if I get lucky too.”

“It’s also why the casino consolidates the tables as soon as possible too.” DD states, “They want that table for the spill-over, the casuals and bust-outs. It keeps their dealers busy and the rake coming in. Tournaments don’t pay all that much comparatively.”

The guy was persistent, I must admit. His next jewel was shiny bright.

“Well then, Mr. DD, what about me getting moved all the time and ending up paying blind on blind? Got an answer for that?”

DD doesn’t clobber the guy, or even heave a sigh.

He just says; “I’m sure that the casino doesn’t try deliberately to make the new seat a blind paying seat, but it is difficult sometimes to take a short table player who’s just paid blinds to a new table without costing him blinds somewhere in the first orbit.”

The casual player smirks as if he’s just handed DD a zinger without an answer, nods to me, and leaves the shop.

“Caught you a good one that time, DD; choice one indeed.” I say.

“If the casino,” he says, gazing after the guy, “is really, really smart, they’d make sure that guy goes from blind to blind seats as often as possible.”

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