Believe it or not (hold on to your hats folks, this is a staggering statement) I didn't invest in a smart phone until about 3 months ago. Simply put, I was stubborn...and cheap. I am still both of those things, but I will admit it's the best purchase I've probably ever made.
I just kept telling myself that there's no reason to have something in my pocket that's as powerful as NASA's lunar module. Making calls and only making calls is just fine. I didn't "need" to access my Netflix account while I'm stuck in traffic, I didn't "need" to take pictures of funny things and text them to my friends back home for a quick laugh. I didn't "need" to have it double as an iPod, and I most certainly didn't need to play games whenever and wherever.
But succombing to the pressure of watching everyone else finger-sliding all the live-long day, I gave in.
Then I discovered the World Series of Poker (WSOP) app.
Most of you Tulsans probably know a gentleman by the name of Ben Lamb. Lamb is a graduate of Jenks High School and this past week garnered national attention when he was among the final three in the World Series of Poker on ESPN...apparently he's always had a knack for card playing. I'm working on sitting down with Lamb for an interview later this year. Problem is he now calls Las Vegas home, and with his 3rd place winnings totaling a near one million, not sure he has too many reasons to rush back to Green Country.
Either way, what makes Lamb great (or so I'm told) is his uncanny ability to get a read on his opponents at the table. After watching the final rounds on the telly, he studies people like I used to scan my media law text. Fun to watch, less fun to wish I could sleep on a mattress covered with greenbacks like I'm sure he does. Well...I know I would at least once...to say I did. That's not weird right?
Poker is something new to me, and has become a big factor in my social life. Want to join in our weekly Texas Hold Em' tournaments? Shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
. We'll talk.
Back to the WSOP app, it's a great way to learn the game. You play against computer opponents of varying skill levels or go online and play actual people who are buried retinas deep in their iPhones just like you. I average playing about an hour an night (sad I know), as I build up my bank roll in smaller lesser known casinos before going for broke at the Rio All Suite Casino in Vegas at the "Main Event".
Just like Ben Lamb, but the rewards are far less appealing.
Pretend poker money doesn't buy you happiness, that's for sure, but it does make me glad I own a smart phone.