High stakes poker, Oui!

Jan 9, 2006 2:14 AM

Carol, about the time the folks are reading this column we will be hosting for the fifth time The European Seniors World Championship of Poker at the world-famous Aviation Club on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France.

Our daughter, Oklahoma Sarah, will be with us and will sing and entertain the poker players,

I know that when my girls are not playing poker on that side of the pond, they will be buying a few things for their friends by shopping along the Champs Elysees.

I will try to win at least enough to break even, but those players over there play for keeps and most of their games are on the high end. And, yes, most of their poker games are played pot limit, so it is possible to win a little something.

I am sure that we will have time to visit the old river Seine and will want to spend a couple of days visiting the Louvre — there’s never enough time to study the smile on the Mona Lisa.

I think I’ve seen that kind of smile before, usually on the winner of a major poker tournament!

Then we plan to visit the original Folies Bergere. We’ve seen the Las Vegas production many times, but would like to see original in Paris.

Then there’s a day to go out to Normandy and visit and honor all of the hero’s who gave their lives for freedom during the Second World War.

I know, Carol, that you want to win The European Seniors tourney this year, so you play this year and I will assume my "Swiss neutrality as I host the event on Tuesday (Jan. 10).

Our daughter has also set her sights on playing and winning some of the other European poker events.

I know that she can do it; she has the beauty and singing talent of her mother and the gambling instinct of her father. With that combination she will have a lot of fun, and if she is just a little lucky, she will come home with some of Euro’s and trophies.

After we leave Paris, we will fly to New York and if we didn’t leave all of our chips in Paris, we plan to shop at Macy’s and catch some Broadway shows.

Speaking of New York, the Empire State Building will have special meaning, in light of the new King Kong movie that just came out. We’ll try to steer clear of any huge droppings or falling gorillas.

Did you know that Bob Stupak, when he was building his tower (now the Stratosphere) at the old Vegas World, planned to add a King Kong attraction that would have climbed the side of the tower? I guess we should all feel fortunate the plan fell through.

After New York, it’s off for a week of vacationing in Carol’s home state of Pennsylvania.

I want to spend a couple of days at Gettysburg and visit the battlefield, and check out Little Round Top and all the other Civil War fields of battle.

Then we are off to Valley Forge, where George Washington’s encampment was during the winter before we won our independence from England.

After traveling a week or so in Pennsylvania, we will arrive in Niagara Falls, New York where I have been invited to host The Oklahoma Johnny Hale Poker Championship on January 27 at the Seneca’s new casino and resort.

In the meantime, I will try to send a Back in the Saddle Again column to GamingToday with the results of The European Seniors WCOP in Paris, and another about The Oklahoma Johnny Hale Poker Championship in Niagara Falls.

Poker Tip of the Week

Paraphrasing a famous Mexican food commercial, think outside of the deck.

A lot of the time a poker pot is won not with the cards, but by the raising of the pot. A lot of the time the best hand does not win the pot.

So, you should think outside the deck!

Until next time remember to stay lucky.