A wild time
in Wildhorse

Nov 13, 2006 2:37 AM

Well, Carol we have arrived in Pendleton, Oregon, where we are guests of Roland Waters, director of poker operations at the Wildhorse Casino.

We’re here for the Fall Poker Round-Up with all the woddies (cow punchers) with the ranchers’ pretty daughters, here to rope in all the prize money.

The drive up to Oregon from Las Vegas through Yosemite, the Napa Valley wine country and all the beautiful forests along Interstate 5 was breathtaking.

Each turn of the road was like a painting that only Thomas Kincade could produce. All the colors of the rainbow filtered through the forest, and with all the rain many spectacular water falls were cascading down the mountain sides.

We drove Carol’s new little new sports car, which has the ability to do 60 m.p.h. in five seconds and 160 mph on the speedometer, yet I was very careful not to exceed the speed limit, most of the time.

But, dear, you must have programmed into your car’s satellite navigation system most of the poker rooms between Las Vegas and Pendleton. We stopped and played a little poker in a lot of the Indian casinos and poker room, and I must tell you that they play poker virtually everywhere nowadays.

Of course, they may not be playing poker at roadside fruit and vegetable stands, but you can have a conversation about poker just about anywhere that two or three people gather.

We have met so many nice poker people that space will not permit me to list all their names, but I must tell you about the Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon, where Danny Wolfe is the director of poker-keno-bingo, and Sharon Thomas is the poker room manager.

The Seven Feathers was so nice a hotel and the people were so friendly and gracious that we could have just stopped there and stayed a week playing poker and relaxing and enjoying the mountains and breathing air that no one had ever breathed before.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

In the frontier days of the 1800s when we were settling the Northwestern United States and needed to communicate with so many different Indian Nations, we used sign language to help us converse.

Now, at the poker table the players are talking to you in sign language or body language.

Thus, a poker player that learns to read poker sign language can take the money home and count it there.

Until next time remember to stay lucky.