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Weekly Poker Game—Politeness At The Table & Women Were Allowed To Play

I recently e-mailed some friends in Cincinnati to say I’d be visiting soon and that we should play poker. Years ago we would play every Sunday night. It’s hard to imagine now that we had the time for a weekly game. But we played regularly for at least a couple of years.

( Above are the poker chips used by Harry Truman while he was President.) 

Now, ten years after I left Cincinnati, the game is played once or twice a year when I’m in town.

We played our weekly game before poker became a big deal on ESPN. I’m 99% certain none of our regular players could name a big time pro poker star.

Bets larger than a few dollars were frowned upon. Rude behavior at the table was not allowed. And women were always allowed to play. I promise that the words “Texas hold’em” were never used. I can’t imagine the word Texas itself was ever used except to make fun of the place.

I miss our weekly poker games. I hope we are able to get one together soon.     

Here is a history of poker.

November 12, 2008 - Posted by | Cincinnati, Texas | , , ,


  1. I want a set of those chips. I too remember the days of when playing poker involved the dealer calling what game we were playing every time he dealt. Watching poker on TV is about as exciting as watching footage of the 7-11 store security camera feed.

    Comment by citizenx | November 14, 2008

  2. Yep–It sure is silly and boring. At least on the camera feed if you wait long enough you’ll see some shoplifting. Or maybe even a scuffle.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 14, 2008

  3. I couldn’t agree more with the above comments. Poker shouldn’t be a spectator sport and people have lost the richness of the game. Some people think Texas hold’em is the only game.

    Comment by Terry | July 3, 2010

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