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November 22, 2010 – Comments (6)

I posted this the other day in response to someone's blog, and thought that perhaps enough people didn't get the chance to read it for whatever reason.  So, I repost this story today because it's both comical and has a very good lesson to be learned, at least in my opinion.

Wild Cat

A stranger walks into a saloon and gets a drink. He sees a poker game and asks if he can play. He's told to take a seat. It's a no limit 5-card draw game and he's a pretty good player. After about an hour of so-so hands, he draws Aces full and makes a sizable bet.

The old guy across from him raises all-in and the stranger calls. The old guy lays down 23457o and reaches for the chips.

"Whoa, there. I've got Aces-full."

"Yeah, but I've got a wild cat.", says the old guy.

"A wild cat? What the hell is a wild cat?"

"A wild cat is 23457 off-suit. Like this", says the old man." 

The stranger starts to burn and says, "I've played a lot of poker, but I've never heard of a wild cat."

"Well, if you've played a lot of poker, you oughta know that you should learn the house rules before you play. And this here's a house rule."

At that, the old guy points to a sign just over the stranger's right shoulder. The sign says, "House Rule - Wild Cat is a 23457 off-suit and it beats everything."

Being a gentleman and an honorable gambler, the stranger takes his lumps and settles back for more poker.

Several hours later, the stranger is dealt 23457o. He bets and the same old guy raises him the pot. Without the slightest hint of a tell, the stranger raises all-in. The old guy calls and lays down an ace high flush, and reaches for the chips.

"Whoa there! I've got a wild cat.", says the stranger as he lays down his cards.

"Nice hand.", says the old guy as he scoops up the pot. "What did I tell you about house rules?", as he points to a sign over the stranger's left shoulder.

"House Rule - Wild Cat - Only Good Once a Night"

6 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 22, 2010 at 9:01 PM, dragonLZ (87.24) wrote:

Love it.

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#2) On November 22, 2010 at 9:11 PM, Mary953 (84.30) wrote:

Too good.  Can I steal it?

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#3) On November 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM, kdakota630 (29.10) wrote:


Yeah, go ahead.  I got it from a magazine about 20 years ago but found it relevant while replying to someone else's blog recently.

The only difference was in the magazine the hand was an "old cat" instead of a "wild cat."

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#4) On November 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM, eldemonio (97.97) wrote:

Good moral lesson.  I would argue that we are living in times where the sign over our left shoulder reads "House Rule - The old man makes all the rules."

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#5) On November 23, 2010 at 9:07 PM, PickThatBooger (30.16) wrote:

Hey dakota, thanks for sharing this again. Very good stuff, lol. You actually posted this on my blog "Always Read The Rules Dummy" in which I closed over 125 positive picks trying to rack up a quick accuracy on my other account 'HoldThatWinner'...Of course, my score there is now cooked, so I thought I'd try the Caps again with a new account. lol. GL

P.S. GPRLF is looking good as I type this.

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#6) On November 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM, kdakota630 (29.10) wrote:


Don't get discouraged if you mess up your score too badly.  I had this account I think at 99.63 after a while when first starting out, just to have it sink as low as 0.08 before rebounding.  My KDakotaFund account largely did the same thing.  That one was in the +99 before hitting 0.22 I believe.

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