I grabbed some Chinese chicken salad that Tammy had made. I glanced over the variety of candy (including chocolate decks of cards), and I saw there was also fruit. That's one food group usually absent from poker games.

Before the game started, Tammy made some announcements. She ended by asking Leo if he wanted to say something. He stood and said, "I'm pregnant."

Leo went on to explain that players should let each other know as soon as possible about future tournaments.

Although these guys were more serious than my poker buddies, I saw some similarities. There were side bets made. And players were allowed to fold when a bet wasn't made, or was just checked (that's a freebie).

A couple of guys showed up late. I asked Tammy what would happen. "Their blinds are taken if they are late, but they can still get in."

One of the late guys was told he was playing at table two. He asked which table that was, and David said, "There's only two tables. You can't figure it out?"

There was a brief period of time where everyone took a break. Some went to the bathroom. Others went out for a few puffs on a cigar.

I talked to a paint contractor who ran marathons. He told me he hurt his back and hasn't been running much.

I talked to a guy who wasn't playing. His son was in the game. "I'm just not familiar enough with the rules yet," he explained.

It was fun watching these guys play. But poker is like baseball or fishing, kind of boring to watch. They're more fun when you're in the game. (Note to IRS: I was joking earlier -- all my write-offs are legitimate.)

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