Life Is Like A Game Of Poker

I was all over social media (or at least more than usual) on Father’s Day this past Sunday. And no, I wasn’t searching for YouTube videos about funny, stupid, smart and/or inspirational dads.

I spent the day cheering on my husband, but not for the typical Father’s Day reasons. Don’t get me wrong, he is an awesome father to his 29 year old son and equally awesome stepfather to my 18 year old son (well, 18 in two days…Happy Birthday Nathan!) and 21 year old daughter.

So call me crazy but…I spent a day posting like, well crazy, in support of and his quest for one of these…

WSOP Gold Bracelet

That ladies and gentlemen is the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet and my husband, Stan, a long time poker player, went to Las Vegas to win one of these in their first ever WSOP Super Seniors Tournament. For years they’ve had a “Seniors” event which meant you had to be 50 and older, but to be a Super Senior?…65 and up baby! Stan happens to be 66 so this tournament, if he won, would have sort of eliminated the need for any AARP discounts moving forward.

This was actually his second time going to the WSOP. He was sent two years ago through the poker club he belongs to here in Tampa and made it through the first very long and grueling day which was highlighted by helping knock out a rather famous player, Barry Greenstein around midnight. Obviously he was on cloud nine going into Day 2 only to be smacked with a big dose of “that’s why they call it gambling” when the cards just weren’t stacked in his favor 19 minutes into play. 

He had to spend another day in Sin City dealing with his somewhat wounded pride. However, when he landed in Tampa my son and I were there at 1 am with this sign…Go Stan The Man

I know, I know…Wife Of The Year right?

Anyway, I know better than to actually go with him to Vegas. Way too intense not to mention way too hot in June and that’s coming from someone living in Florida. This is totally his thing except, of course, if he wins and then it’s totally our thing.

That being said, I’ve kind of picked up a thing or two about the relationship between poker and life as I have travailed the ups and downs of tournament play with Stan…figuratively speaking of course.

1. Believe in luck
krispy kreme

Yeah, you need mad skills to be good at poker, but there is most definitely some degree of luck involved. Stan’s may come in the form of something hot and sickly sweet but whatever makes you feel good/lucky in life that gives you an edge, go for it. Don’t let anyone ever take it away from you. I cannot tell you how many detours to Krispy Kreme we have made through the years. I personally would choose something that can’t be inhaled in less than 30 seconds, but welcome to #lifewithstan.

2.  Age is just a numberyoung whippersnapperWhile Stan may have been the “young whippersnapper” in the crowd, our society, for the most part, considers him “old”. However, I choose to believe he never would have had the stamina to be at WSOP if he let his chronological age dictate his behavior.  Same goes for this guy, Russell Moncrief.

Russell Moncrief

He may have motored around the Rio Hotel and Casino in a scooter but still, come on…HE IS 92 AND COMPETING IN WSOP!!!

3. Take chancesWSOP 2015 Super SeniorsPoker is not for the faint at heart and walking into a giant room of approximately 1500 people can be intimidating, but if you aren’t willing to “go all in” every once in awhile you will never win whether at poker or life in general. Stan is a gambler by all counts. Seriously, he left a very safe job 21 years ago and started OJ Mortgage. Trust me, the mortgage industry is not a safe bet by any stretch of the imagination.

If you’ve read this far and were waiting for me to announce that Stan even got through the first day, sorry to disappoint. I received this text about 6 hours into play.Stan has left the building

 

I spent the next 45 minutes on the phone with him doing some consoling but mostly trying to get him on a flight home the next day. No sense in continuing to put salt on that WSOP wound. Besides, this adorable thing was waiting for him at home…Come Home Papa Stan

What better consolation prize could a person ask for?

That’s it for now…#BlackerOut !Poker as a sport

 

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62 responses to “Life Is Like A Game Of Poker

  1. Beth, I’m so sorry your husband lost, but so impressed with all the sugar/love you sent him! Ha! I love the candy bar poster, the Krispy Kreme superstition (man after my own heart), and the awesome puppy at the window. How could anyone be sad when he has such an awesome family around! Love the story.

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    • Yeah, we try to keep things in perspective Liz. It’s all about the experience and as my husband always says, making memories. Winning money would help enhance the memories of course but there is always next year!!

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  2. I’m sorry he lost! A win will soon come! 🙂 Great post, thanks for sharing the story!

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  3. I am sure that such a supportive wife helped him with the disappointed. That is still a really neat experience to have. I am sure the memories are worth it even with the loss. 🙂

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  4. Sure, money is always great. You’d have to make another candy poster, which I know would be exhausting, lol. Wishing him better luck next time, and wishing you more awesome stories. 🍀🍀

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  5. Sorry he lost but seems like a good time of course. Very creative poster too 🙂 Winning the money would have been awesome though….

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  6. Good for Stan! (and Russell, too — 92 and playing poker? Wow!)

    Loved your life lessons and really loved the sign made of candy/snacks — so fun!

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  7. I wanna play with you 2! You’re both fun. And think you shoud bill this blog Call Me Crazy–Tips from the Casino of Life on Staying Happily Married

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  8. carundle

    Love is supporting each other through thick and thin. You’ve got it!

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  9. A great story about your husband and poker, and I think having these sort of interests and hobbies, especially poker, being a mind game, keeps everybody young. Seems so fun to go off to Las Vegas like that. 🙂

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  10. Wowsers! Great takeaways and life lessons from your husband’s experience. Very impressive to even get to the championship – and as someone else pointed out – I’m sure he and Russell will get that photo op the next go ’round!

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    • Truth be told, anyone can enter these tournaments…you just have to be willing to fork over the buy in. They range between $1K all the way to $10K (Main Event that you may have seen televised). But he has gone both times because of the club he participates in all year and since he placed in the top 10 that gave him the ability to go on their dime not his 🙂

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  11. What a great experience and wonderful takeaways to share! I’m loving his good luck charm – #TeamKrispyKreme! Definitely love the support and motivation that you show for his endeavors. I’m sure he and Russell will get that photo op next go ’round.

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  12. Another amusing post, as usual. You two know how to keep life interesting – without you having to actually go to Vegas, which can be fun or not, depending on what you are doing. Great compromise, providing encouragement without taking the heat1

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    • I would go to Vegas if he ever made it to the final table of the big Main Event (the one they televised) but otherwise, there really is no reason for me to be there. He can’t go to shows or dinners or hang out at the pool so I would more or less be on vacation by myself. Then again, that actually sounds kind of nice 🙂

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  13. Yout posts are always so entertaining and yes, you get the wife of the year award. Your husband sounds like a wonderful man; willing to jump in and enjoy life despite the risk of disappointment. Is heading back next year?

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    • Thanks so much for the kind words…I enjoy writing and I guess it shows. I think he would love to go every year but we’ll see. This year he actually qualified through his poker league to represent them at the Main Event. It’s great to have the $10K buy in paid for by them but he opted to go to the Super Seniors instead. So you never know, you may see him on TV next year 🙂

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  14. Always a pleasure to read your posts! What a wonderful outlook on how to approach life. Even though there are disappointments, you’re going to miss out on a lot if you embrace it. Sounds like your husband knows just how to do that. Now about those donuts…

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  15. What fun! My husband used to do the blackjack tournaments in Vegas & always came home with lots of stories to tell.

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  16. Definitely Wife of the Century material! You done good. 😉

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  17. Aww, too bad he lost but what a cool adventure he had! I love the story about that 92 year old gentleman participating, how awesome is that?

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  18. Sorry he lost – but what an adventure – getting to play in WSOP! How cool is that?

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    • Very cool although anyone really can if you are willing to pay the tournament fees 🙂 That said, he did get to go on his poker club’s dime for placing 3rd overall for the year so that is extremely cool!

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  19. Must say I don’t mind having a bet or two! Sounds like it was fun

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  20. Great post! I love those parallels between poker and life…

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  21. I need to work on that “take chances” one. I’m quite adventurous at times, moved abroad after all, but cautious at others. Neat post.

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    • I think you have to have the mindset that what do you have to lose? If it is anything that will severely affect your life in a negative way if you do lose than you don’t do it. Otherwise, you really don’t want to wake up at 92 and thing “Damn, I could have been playing poker all these years.” 🙂

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  22. Sorry he lost. All the more preparation for next year!

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  23. gillygram

    Age really IS just a number. Love your Poker philosophy on life. Sorry your husband lost but a trip is a trip so I guess it was fun anyway. Found you at #MidLifeLuv by the way – good to ‘meet’ you!

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    • My husband is all about the experiences and memories made. That said, winning definitely would have paid for lots more 🙂 Thanks for “finding” me via #MidLifeLuv. Such a great community and so happy to have found you and all of the other amazing women there.

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  24. Sorry Stan lost, however, I guess by now we all know that losing is often part of the game. You just have to pick yourself up and keep going, knowing that you are loved and supported and there will hopefully be another game in another time. Love how you supported him and how you both have a sense of adventure and joie de vivre in all the experiences you do step into. As Howard Schultz says…Onward…to the next adventure.

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  25. Very fitting metaphor. I especially like what you say in Tip #3. Taking chances in life is key to our growth and sense of fulfillment. Unfortunately, for me, it’s easier said than done 😉

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    • I really think you have to just close your eyes, cross your fingers and go for it Grace. If your life is not at risk and you won’t end up on the streets, then what do you really have to lose?

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  26. Beth, every post of yours that I read, I continue to think how much a shame it is that we don’t live near each other!! 🙂 You never fail to make me smile; I can so relate to you!!

    I remember when I worked for Harrah’s the WSOP was such a huge deal – I can only imagine the energy of that room in Vegas…WOW 1,500 people ya know!? That being said, I can REALLY only imagine what a total bummer it must have been for him to be “outta the game” only 6 hours in.

    My hubby plays cards – different cards altogether, a game called MTG (magic: the gathering), way lower stakes LOL. I’m 11100000% not interested in the game itself, and am just his cheerleader from afar. He goes to the tournaments every few weekends, buys new card packs when they are released, etc. and I resist the urge to roll my eyes 😉 Because, well… he doesn’t roll his eyes at my various hobbies, so I won’t do it to him either.

    The doggy is too precious wanting papa to come home!

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    • 1500 is nothing…they got over 4000 for the regular seniors and over 8000 for the main event…crazy! I will never roll my eyes at him if there is a potential to win money 😉

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  27. How awesome is that.. what an experience! And what a wonderful wifey you are.. LOVE the sign.. would have loved to eat it. lol

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  28. Fifty Jewels

    I think it’s great that he’s out there giving it his best! Thanks for joining us at #MidLifeLuv, we’re very glad to have you.
    Kimberly
    http://FiftyJewels.com

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  29. Always an entertaining read, Beth! Thanks for sharing your world!

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