LEGENDARY POKER PLAYER

It is probably a little known detail outside our immediate family faction, but my husband of forty-something years is not only a fan of observing games of poker, he is quite an accomplished player.  On any given evening, he searches through a myriad of television channels hoping to discover a current game to scrutinize and analyze.  

Otto has played poker most of his adult life; he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and once he completed boot camp, he exercised his gaming skills nearly every day.  Because the compensation for an unmarried draftee was so meager, his earnings at the card table were used to supplement his monthly allotment. 

When I visited him on Sunday afternoon at the old barracks located near Sand Hill; he presented me with the proceeds from his winnings to apply toward his obligations; frequently I left Ft. Benning with a purse full of currency.    

Years ago, back home, there was a weekly poker game hosted at the American Legion Post #128 in Richland, and Otto was one of the players selectively invited to participate with the predominantly elder gentlemen residents of our hometown.  He, his colleague Sam Moore, and my classmate Ronnie Gill were known as the young mavericks at the games and frequently gave the town professionals stories to grumble about.  Tales of those legendary encounters and especially those unforgettable individuals are permanently etched in his memory. 

As frequently happens, family obligations, personal choices, and occupational demands precluded him from playing for currency, but he never forgot the camaraderie and the strategy of the game.  Recently he was delighted to discover that he could compete for points, in hopes of one day being invited to participate in a tournament with the champions of satellite television. 

World poke tour, WPT, and their amateur poker league sponsor satellite games that are frequently televised, so Otto may one day be seated at one of the designated tables and challenge some of the nation's greatest poker players. 

 

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