Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Rare occurences

Yet another installment of our biweekly homegame.

The boyos make me proud, they've grown up so fast... *sniffle* They're checkraising, exchanging chip denominations, bluffing, maximizing "the nuts" et cetera like they've done this a lot before (an by now they kinda have).

Each poker night, there's always one or two legendary hands. Tonight there were two:

  1. Which one is biggest? The board is two eights, two sixes and an ace. Player A who has won a few of our tournaments before goes all-in. Player B calls. Player A has full house, sixes full of eights. Player B (who plays a little online) has eights full of sixes.
  2. A worthy finish. Player B and Player C (who both have finished last in almost all our other games they've participated in) are the only ones remaining (I came in third). After some betting, the board is mostly low cards, but three clubs and an ace. Player B goes all-in and Player C calls with what he has left. The cards are turned over. At first glance, B has a straight. C shows his hole cards, a king and queen of clubs (=a flush). Yay for him! But wait... B implores us to look closer. We-ell, whaddyaknow, his straight is all clubs. What the conneiseurs call a Straight Flush, a rare occurence. A worthy finish for both players. Good hands, and their grinding paid off in the end.

I'll take Potent Potables for 200, Alex

When I come home, I find a letter from Jeopardy (the Swedish version) in the mail. I've qualified for the tryouts! Put me in coach, I know I can do it! (cue theme and soundtrack from Rocky and a montage of me running up the steps of the library, punching Google staff hanging in a meat locker and other carryings on)

I've actually been to one before. There are four stages, or qualifying rounds. You start out with a lot of people, answering more trivia questions (on paper). Those who pass go on to the next stage with harder questions. Those who pass that then go on to a "screen test", so to speak, where you play with buttons and "phrase your response in the form of a question". Then another round of questions and those who pass that are almost guaranteed to go on to the real thing on TV. That's where I failed last time, we were about ten left (out of more than fifty to start with) and four passed. I wasn't among them, but I think I was just a few points short.

Now to ponder what my dream categories would be...

1 comment:

BigPirate said...

Good luck. I was on the American version in 2003.