Thursday, January 24, 2008

You just told me that you felt alive for the first time at a f@!king card table!

You're Goddamn right I did!

Wifey and I got into it again last night about poker and gambling. She/we were watching a new show, Moment of truth, were folk take a lie detector test, and show personnel interview the contestants friends, and then ask him/her questions while family members and friends sit idlely by. As you answer questions correctly you move up in money earned. But if you answer one question wrong (lie), you lose everything. (answers are yes or no) Here is a taste

Last night some asshat, now a personal trainer, and a former NFL player, answered some pretty hard questions. Another feature is that your friend, or wife, or whoever you have there has the ability to hit a button, allowing you not to answer any particular question.

Mr. NFL player got through the first 8 questions fairly easy, with minor embarrasment. Then comes this beauty... "have you ever had sex with a man?" bbllahahhaaaaaa!!

GOLD! Why is this question even being asked? and since it is being asked, does he even really have to answer it? His wife is sitting there, a hot little thing named Catia, and just smiles like there is no way he answers yes. You could see the guy looking at her in an attempt to non-verbally get her to push that button. She didn't, and of course he answered yes.

He answered two more questions about her having a reason not to trust him, both were answered yes, as if anything could surprise her after he admitted having sex with a dude! Then he answered in the affirmative that he was holding off having kids because he wasn't sure if Catia was his life companion. Then the douche lies about touching someone inappropriately while training them and he loses everything, AND, admitting that he had sex with a dude!

I don't see this show being on after another season, 'cause quite frankly, who would put themselves out there like that for a measely 100k? Christ after taxes, and fees you'd be lucky to clear 40 of it.

At any rate, the next contestant had to answer a question about his gambling addiction. He worked at a Horse track as a marketing rep, and admitted to losing his first wife because of his addiction. Sports betting and horse racing were the culprits. Then he mentions poker.

Wifey looks at me as I jam QQ into AA against lightning in the very first hand of the Mook...

So wifey takes the opportunity to utilize that example to tell me that I am in denial. I hate that word. Denial. almost as much as entitlement. Two of the gheyest words in the english vocabulary...

See, she equates my poker HOBBY, as an addiction. She should I guess because of her experience. Life long thereapy sessions over addiction problems in her family have led her to the conclusion that everyone is addicted to something. So I ask her, am I addicted to flyfishing? Reading? Walking? Breathing?

I explain to her, no, TELL her that if I had an addiction problem with gambling, I would be betting on sports game, which I never do, or horse races, which rarely do, or playing black Jack, Craps, anything else at the Casinos while i'm there to play poker, which I NEVER do.

She said something about fantasy football being an indicator of having a gambling addiction. I came back at her and said, this was the first year in 5 that I participated in any FF league. Heck I even paid my entry fee to Skidoo's pick'em league this year, and bailed on picking games around week 4 because I didn't have the time every week to look through the schedule and THINK about who I would pick....

Please tell me people, do I have an addiction? a habit? I/ most of us, don't gamble when I play poker. I just don't. Too many factors go into every decision made to consider it a gamble. In the end of any certain hand, flop, turn, or river, we might decide to gamble on any one instance, but for the most part, the totality of the game is not one big gamble. Theres just too much math, analytical thinking, and phsycology that goes into every decision.

I don't think she has that much of an issue with it. She's just irish, and needs to be right about the argument. Stubborn little vixen. Maybe thats why I married her. For her feistyness (sp?).

But the argument is really getting old.


Corron said...

Your wife and my fiance, have a lot in common.
I bet when your wife, ask if you were addicted to poker, my fiance, was asking the same question.

that show sucked moose nuts! its the devil!

Riggstad said...

Mookie called it a train wreck, but I can't see how anyone doesn't like it.

Absolute gold!

I think Mrs. Riggs has a problem with anything that takes my attention away from her in the manner that poker does... and that really is the bottom line

Once they realize what that is, they pick at all the things wrong with it in an attempt to get you away from it.

SirFWALGMan said...

Just say "Yes Dear".

jamyhawk said...

I thought the Moment of Truth was weak last night. A great concept for sure, but that first dude was predictably "an ass".

BTW, I missed the question about sex with a dude? When was that? Did Wahlberg put him on the spot for it? Do you think they edit the questions for different markets? Is the midwest too tame for a dude on dude primetime?

I watched the whole show and neither I nor my wife saw that question. Weird.

Hopefully next week will be better. They need to find a better way to get through those first 5 questions: Did you ever cheat on a test? Do you secretly want to be a dentist? BLah blah blah. They need to hurry up getting to the "Did you do your neighbor while your wife was on vacation?" questions.

Oh yeah, and I think you are dead wrong about no one wanting to go on the show next season. They could drop the prize money to $2,000 and they will find plenty of idiots lined up just to say they were on Primetime TV. Have you ever seen the Jerry Springer show?


snakster said...

There's reason #37 on why I rarely watch Network Television. What a colossal waste of time.

To answer your question, I would vote that you are no more addicted to gambling than I am. Translated, that means: not at all.

OhCaptain said...

My wife has made similar comments, and her family is also the buffet of addictions.

When I asked her if addicted people focus intently on bankroll management, is that a sign of addiction? My poker hobby has been self-supporting finanially for a few years now.

She's started playing poker with me. She sees the fun I have, but then discovered that deep down, I'm just really freakin competitive. I hate losing.

But then again, I hate losing in anything I do. Heck, I tried to find the optimal strategy for playing go fish on line with my 8 year old (we took it down by the way!)

When people ask me why I gamble, I kindly let them know I don't like to gamble. Slot machines and most casino games are taxes on the statistically impared. I go to casinos for 2 things, buffets and poker. I can leave the rest without batting an eye.

You aren't addicted to gambling, your a competition junky like the rest of us. Win it baby!

pokerpeaker said...

Short answer? Hell no.

Longer answer? The definition of addiction is to continue to do the act (sex, drugs, gambling) despite severe consequences when you do them.

Is poker really hurting your marriage? I can't answer that for you. If so, and you continue to play, then maybe...

Personally I just think your wife is uptight. :)

Riggstad said...

DUDE!!! you have no idea!!!!

actually you might! she's from Denver!

Anonymous said...

"I explain to her, no, TELL her that if I had an addiction problem with gambling, I would be betting on sports game, which I never do, or horse races, which rarely do, or playing black Jack, Craps, anything else at the Casinos while i'm there to play poker, which I NEVER do."

To identify a single "symptom" of ones addiction is very ....ummmm.. a simplistic view point. From my experience of ACTIVE addiction, ( in that case drugs) the actual drug was of little significance, nor the amount of it important To me, addiction is more of a state of mind...( or rather lack there of). To say "I just don't" 'gamble' while playing poker, is narrow-minded. To go on and mention I don't do this or I don't do equivelent of my own experience saying(thinking) I don't shoot Heroin, so I don't have a drug problem.

I am NOT saying you have an addiction, that is the utmost personal decision a person can make for themselves.

I also believe, when you start to question if/ has gone beyond the average.

BamBam said...

You drink Scotch and Fly-Fish !!!

Riggs man... The wife's totally wrong ! Doesn't have a clue !


Anonymous said...


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Hope the tables & life are treating you well, and I look forward to you playing in our WPT satellite for free!


$mokkee said...

poker soup is a dead give away. seek help immediately!