Las Vegas Gambling Tips: Naked Eskimo
On The Town With Vegas Vic
By: Victor H. Royer
Welcome to Las Vegas! My name is Victor H. Royer, but everyone just calls me Vegas Vic. I was named after that famous neon sign in Downtown Las Vegas, that cowboy with the hat on top of the Pioneer Club, always waving his hand and beckoning to his long love, Sassy Sally, on the other side of the street. I will be writing a few articles for AccessVegas.com, so I hope you enjoy them.
No, this article is not about the famous poker player Eskimo Clark, clothed or otherwise. It is instead a fable from a time more innocent, a time of great joy, and a time when poker was not just a game – it was an event. The time is 1983, in the weeks spanning Christmas and New Year’s festivities. It is a story personal to me, and one that to this day warms my heart. It is also a story of something quite funny – but I’m getting ahead of myself. First, let’s set the stage.
Soon after I was invited to join the game, it became apparent that — in this game — in order to win I would have to show down the winning hand. This was definitely not a game for the faint of heart. Just about every hand was raised pre-flop, and most were capped before we ever saw any cards. It was a rare occasion indeed when one of the players actually folded a hand after the flop. Folding a hand was something that nobody did in this game before the flop, and almost never on the flop, and certainly among those players who saw the turn most of them saw the river as well. I was therefore pretty convinced that this was one of those Wild West type poker game shootouts.
As it turned out, I was on the button. I was dealt the Jack-10 of spades. In addition to me, there was the small blind, the big blind, and two other players in this particular hand. Before it ever got to me there was one bet and one raise made. The player on my right folded, leaving only five of us in the hand. It occurred to me that I was in a pretty good position with this particular type of hand, especially having observed how this game played up to this point. I called. Based upon what happened previously, I fully expected that this will be raised and capped before we continue to the flop. I was not disappointed.
Imagine my surprise, shock, and awe, when the flop came Ace-King-Queen, all in spades! Yes, dear friends, I flopped the Royal Flush in spades! The ultimate hand in poker, the very best there is, the poker player’s Holy Grail. What was even better was that the betting was capped before it ever got to me! The turn card was the Queen of diamonds, pairing the board.
I was pretty sure that the under the gun player opened with pocket Aces. Therefore, he flopped a set of three Aces, and then made Aces full with the pair of Queens on the board. The big blind obviously had pocket Kings, which means that he also flopped a set, with his three Kings, and now he made Kings full with the pair of Queens on the board. This now lead me to consider what the third player might hold. Although I didn’t want to believe it, I felt very certain that this particular player had pocket Queens, and that, therefore, he flopped a set of Queens, and then turned the quads. Although the odds of all these situations happening exactly as described are extraordinarily long, nevertheless I felt pretty certain that this was exactly what was happening. Naturally, I called.
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Victor H. Royer, known as Vegas Vic, is the author of 42 books. Mostly known for books, articles, and columns on casino games and gambling, he is also the author of New Casino Slots, Great Gamblers: True Stories and Amazing Facts, The Great American Joke Book, as well as his works of Fiction, which include: Another Day, and the Western: Riders on the Wind. Versatile and multitalented, Royer is the creator, producer, and host of the Web-TV show Great Casino Slots, now showing at www.LasVegasLiveTV.com. He also composes music and performs under the names Glenn Diamond, Pappy Jones, Hans Dorfmann, and Miguel Armandaiz. For more information, please visit him at www.MoreCasinoDeals.com and www.GamingAuthor.com. Sign up for the Insider Advantage Newsletter at: http://www.accessvegas.com/membership
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