The tables turned for me Saturday as I slid into the dealer’s chair.
The event was The Big Deal, a fundraiser by the Decatur Jaycees to raise money for the Red Cross.
This casino night included a couple dozen blackjack tables, a few roulette and craps tables and a handful of slots – in the form of those Japanese skill machines.
About a few hundred people bought $25 or $30 tickets to get 500 in play chips and then tried to build up their money to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes.
There were five poker tables set up, but most were empty for the first hour. Finally, a couple of games started, but I was sitting alone.
Two women and a man walked up and asked the game.
“Texas Hold’em,” I replied.
The idea was to deal 5-10 blinds NLHE on each felt.
“We don’t really know Hold’em very well,” one of them said. “Can we play five card?”
“Sure,” I said. “I’ll deal whatever you want to play.”
So I became the lone table offering a non-hold’em game, and we played five-card draw all night (with deuces wild.)
A couple others joined. Most people who sat down quickly scurried to other tables when they learned what we were playing, but these folks had a good time.