Saturday, 9 November 2013

The definition of lucky

A couple of weeks ago I played in a charity Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament hosted by a guy in my office.  I like poker and play every once in a while, but I'm certainly no pro and don't know the odds in my head like most of the guys I play against seem to.  I've played in similar tournaments before and usually hold my own for a while, but generally end up getting taken out by one of the more experienced players well before the final table.  I just look at it as spending the $30 buy-in to support a good cause and have a couple of hours of fun.

Except this time, I had CARDS.  I mean, I had really reaaaaally good cards.  It seemed like every hand was begging to be played and before I knew it, I had knocked out a bunch of people and had a huge stack of chips in front of me.  I made it to the final table (the only woman against 8 or 9 guys, I might add) and in a final two showdown against the second most senior guy at work...I won!  I got lots of congrats on my playing, and yet I knew that a big part of the reason I won was due to the fact that I had been getting such awesome cards the whole time.  It was partially skill, but also a whole lotta luck.

And then it occurred to me that I didn't really consider myself lucky.  I mean sure, I now had $400 that I didn't have a few hours prior and that was a good thing.  But I would much rather have had a positive pee stick in my hand.  Even though they lost, pretty much every guy at that final table was going home to a fertile wife and a couple of kids.  I guess my definition of luck has changed.

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  1. Right? I guess when we have what we want most already, then we won't even consider that a lucky thing, unless you have to work really hard for it. In this case, those guys with fertile wives and kids. I am still very happy for you that you beat them all! I hope your luck will turn around soon with two dark lines on a peestick!

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  2. I was so hoping this lucky story was going to continue with a positive pee stick at the end! You are right, the definition of lucky is different for everyone. Congrats on such a great poker tournament. I'm sure it was a lot of fun, but I totally understand what you mean. Hugs, my friend.

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  3. Oh my gosh, I say all the time that even if I were "lucky" enough to win the lottery, I'd still be baby-less!

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  4. First of all, you are a bad ass! The lone woman to advance and take everyone else out, yes luck plays a role, but there is some skill and strategery (throw back to Will Farrell's early impression of then presidential candidate George W Bush) involved. Spend that $400 on something totally fun!

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    1. STRATEGERY!! I say this ALL THE TIME and people look at me weird so I don't think that they get it. Methinks I will be getting some nice new boots this winter with my winnings.

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  5. That had to felt great when you took all their money!

    I am hoping this is only the beginning of your newfound luck :)

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  6. Congratulations on winning the tournament! I hope this is just the beginning of your good luck!

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  7. There are so many ways to be reminded of colossal bad luck of infertility. On the other hand....enjoy the new boots!

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  8. That is fantastic! I know how you feel about the luck and the babies, but I bet their wives won't get any awesome winter boots:-)

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  9. They're all going home to fertile wives? Well, I"m glad you beat the hell out of them. That's $400 of spite money that you totally deserved. My own definition of luck has morphed into "my life not getting worse"....so yes, I guess it's all relative.

    --Ellen

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  10. Congrats on winning! I'm sure that was not just luck.
    And I hope all those guys know how lucky they are to have kids at home.
    Now go get some great boots and kick infertility's ass!

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  11. Congrats on winning the tournament! Hope it's just the first of many lucky things to come.

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