The Oxford English Dictionary defines Ã¢â‚¬Å“diagnosisÃ¢â‚¬Â as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“determination of the nature of a diseased condition; identification of a disease by careful investigation of its symptoms and history; also, the opinion (formally stated) resulting from such investigation.Ã¢â‚¬Â Such is the theme of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Card Sick,Ã¢â‚¬Â this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s year-ending installment of Beyond the Table.
Co-hosts Karridy, Dan, and Tom collectively look ahead to 2008 by diagnosing one anotherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s poker games (and/or lives). In so doing, the trio take turns enacting each of the roles typically occurring in yr basic health care scenario — patient, physician, and insurance provider.
For example: Dan spends most of the episode as patient, sharing relevant details about his history and identifying his goals moving forward. Tom acts as DanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s physician, offering tips for how Dan can improve the health of his bankroll in the coming year. Meanwhile, Karridy explains to Dan the limits of his coverage. Thus when Dan says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to make a final table of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“major event,Ã¢â‚¬Â Tom assesses the likelihood of such an occurrence (given the patientÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current vital signs), while Karridy reminds Dan he canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afford to enter that many Ã¢â‚¬Å“major events.Ã¢â‚¬Â And so forth.
A quiet time of year poker-wise, so not a lot of hard-hitting news in this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s episode. There is some discussion of the 2008 WSOP schedule, details of which were largely gleaned from Craig CunninghamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog. Head over to C.C.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s site for more such info. And perhaps a Christmas carol, too.
And remember you can always send your own diagnoses of BTT (including how new producer Ryan is doing) to
theshow(at)beyondthetable(dot)com and/or call Ã¢â‚¬â„¢em in to (888) 820-8091.