Posts Tagged ‘poker terms’

Words with Fiends

by , Dec 18, 2010 | 9:59 pm

Not super-pokery, but this “captcha” gone awry did come via a link from Katkin in the course of talking poker-blogging bidness (shortly before crushing me in a Pokerati game at Aria Thursday night.) And it does raise questions of linguistic variance with a surprisingly non-controversial common phrase in poker parlance:

Funny to me … but probably not so much to any recent victim of sexual assault.

Also could be rather offensive to a poker player suffering egregious abuse at the hands of a dominating opponent … insensitivity to the latter being enough to discourage me from handing over all my identifying info to Boxbe.

Celebrity Apprentice Poker

by , Mar 15, 2009 | 10:52 pm

Perry Friedman, getting ready for the main event.

This week Annie Duke and friends are trying to sell wedding dresses. Not sure who it was that bought one from her, but all it took was a simple phone call to get someone to pony up a “main event”. And with that, the non-poker world was introduced to some poker jargon and an example of how it can apply in their everyday lives:

“main event” = $10,000

Who knew!?! I mean we did, but now we can expect Joe the Non-poker-playing Plumbers everywhere to be saying things like, “I got in a little fender bender and my lawyer got me a main event’s worth of repairs!” or “Did you see that guy on Price is Right, Darryl? He spun that wheel and landed on a dollar to win a main event!”

Awesome … go poker! Will be curious, though, to see if Annie Duke will be backing half the field in this year’s WSOP main event.

UPDATE: It was Perry Friedman (and his bride-to-be) who made a main event charitable donation in exchange for a bridal gown.

MORE UPDATE: I am now much more likely to read Annie’s blog on Mondays than I was before.

PETA vs. Poker?

by , Jan 16, 2009 | 6:57 am

Apparently the animal rights activists have a problem with our use of the term “fish”. While my first reaction was that the PPA needs to do something about this! Where’s Barney Frank?!? … but upon a little pause and reflection, I’m thinking maybe we should let this one go. As competing political forces, maybe poker and PETA should compromise — if we can have fully legal online poker, OK, fine, we’ll start calling inexperienced players “sea kittens”. Cool? Cool.

Poker Terms Heard at the Olympics

Not counting “Chinese”

by , Aug 13, 2008 | 4:19 am

Race (rowing)
Seat 2 (rowing)
Boat (rowing)

horse (gymnastics)
skill (gymnastics)
floor (gymnastics)

shuttlecock (not a poker term, but should be)

(Funny … while typing this up and watching badminton, a PokerStars commercial just came on.)