I am a poker fan. I am a decent player, but I don't play enough to be really good. I have a good understanding of other people so when sitting around the table I feel like I have an advantage. To be honest though I only play for stakes that don't mean anything to me. If I was ever playing for real money I would probably be in way over my head.
I am also a Bill Simmons fan. He is a very good writer and despite being a Boston fan is pretty insightful. He is also one of the last remaining Caucasian NBA fans on planet Earth. I read every column he writes and I enjoy 90% of them. The last couple of days he did a public e-mail exchange with the guys who wrote Rounders, a movie that was ahead of its time, but is an all time great film in terms of rewatchability and quote-ability. Who can sit down at a poker table these days without hearing the immortal words, "Jacks, does he look like a man that can be beaten by jacks?" I think not. Anyway, I enjoyed the articles so much I wanted to post links to them here. Enjoy. Here is Part 1 and here is Part 2.
No 1 of Consequence