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Wanderin Man - 5 - On The Road to Vegas
by Richard Lee King

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Today’s edition of the continuing saga, Wanderin Man


 
WANDERIN MAN
“ON THE ROAD TO VEGAS”
 
Winter’s mor’n half over,
I’d say it’s been a success.
I managed to rebuild my bankroll,
so I packed an headed west.
 
I’ m makin my way to Vegas
been on the road fer weeks
I’m still lookin fer that contentment
every wanderin man seeks.
 
I’m plannin to play in a tournament,
the entry’s a thousand bucks,
if’n I kin wind up an win it
it’ll take a lot of luck.
 
First place pays a hundred grand,
twentieth gits me my money back
I’m a hopin my exceptional luck
will make up fer the skills I lack.

Tain’t so much about the money
though a hundred grand’s a lot a smack,
but the winner an 2nd place
get a ticket on the fast track.
 
A seat in the World Series,
worth a cool ten grand
so if I finish 2nd or better,
we’ll be a strikin up the band.
 
The big game is the Series,
its where we all are aimin.
Jist to make the final table
my nerves would need some tamin’.
 
I’ve been broke afore
often down to the felt,
but losin in some back alley
kin offen end up in welts.
 
When you’re in the Series,
it’s a more sophisticated game,
ya might see a guy bummed out,
but he knows that he’s to blame.

My rep is that I don’t bluff,
but occasionally I throw em a curve.
Skill might be overrated,
it’s prob’ly more bout yer nerve.
 
You need some readin skills
an I’m not talkin pages in a book.
You have to learn to read PEOPLE
an it’s about more’n how they look.
 
I’ve got the thousand dollar entry
I’m clean and freshly shaved
I’ve sharpened up my skills
my road to the final table has bin paved.
 
Now I’ve only got to play the cards,
but the early rounds really scare me
It takes time to figure em out
but there’s always some who’ll dare me.
 
Ya run into all kinds
when yer a sittin at the table.
Some are purtty damn good
though some are not so able.
 
Since Moneymaker out played the odds
eight er nine years ago
the tables have unknown faces
of players ya never git to know.
 
They have unusual styles of play
learned playin online poker,
sometimes the way they play,
you’d think the deck still had a joker.
 
But, the cart’s afore the horse,
first I gotta git in the game.
Since I don’t have the ten grand entry,
there’s still them nerves a needin tamed.
 
To be continued....
 
 
Copyright © 2011 Richard Lee King.  All Rights Reserved.
 
 

 

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/13/2012
I always stink at poker. Played a lot of nickle/dime but mostly ended up losing dollars. Terrible bluffer and the cards rarely cooperate. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/13/2012
This is so kool....

Anna
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/12/2012
The only problem I got with gambling is I never win...but that may be that I rarely play as well...Atlantic City is but 30 miles away and I only see if I absolutely have too...keep this series going...e
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/12/2012
Deeply enjoyable , Richard. I especially appreciated your lines: "Skill might be overrated/ it's prob'ly more 'bout yer nerve," and "You have to learn to read PEOPLE/an it's about mor'n how they look". There is juicy flavor here and it dribbles delightfully down the chin; swipe of the back of hand and a devilish grin. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 4/12/2012
Will be anxiously waiting to see how our Wanderin Man leaves the tables --- flush or flat broke?

Donna
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/12/2012
Vegas. I used to visit there when I lived in Los Angeles, but only for the entertainment. I played a little slot machines, but I'm a gambler not. Keeping the story going here.
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 4/12/2012
This is excerllent....Love the concept of doing a whole story in verse. You must play a bit of poker yourself
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