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POKER and Lost Men PODCAST 103

Poker and lost men is our topic for our 103rd installment of the MOLON LABE Male Defender podcast. I have spent a lot of time playing poker since 2004 and have noticed that it’s kind of an exile land for men that are burned out on the workplace.

It’s a “safe space” for men who feel far more comfortable with hostility, competition, randomicity, variance, and uncertainty than they are the Human Resources department of a prospective employer. PC is dead in small stakes poker, and I, for one, am a man who is glad to be in that environment.

I still enjoy the game but wish I played in a setting in which people weren’t miserable and broke. My local casino would not be confused for a pleasure dome for panjandrums. Seeing the suffering of the slots and pit players sobers me. It takes away any good time vibe I have about being in a casino.

Yet I still go and (often) I love to play poker. I have told people who listen to the inferno that I have a “talent” for the game. Yet as I mention in this podcast “my talent” hasn’t done me much good for the last 8 weeks. I won/lost, won and lost, lost and won in a seeming circle which, frankly…is poker. That’s what the game is. Take out the luck and then no one plays it at all because it becomes chess. Certainly, there is not a guy alive which thinks he can make a living out of beating a grand master. Without luck and variance, poker would be dead. I’m glad it’s not. I still go yet I have known scores of these lost men.

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3 Comments

  1. Florian Ulrich
    Posted January 23, 2017 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I have actually had a quite telling look at the HR department in my last company – they had to be cajoled by my boss into signing me off properly because they refused to pay me for my last week of work. We had originally told the HR-department we’d be done by the end of July and I worked a week longer into August.

    That was all of a sudden my own problem, because I had originally given July as my last employment date. These people call themselves Human Relations, but their allegiance really is to the employer. That would be ok if they would not all of the time advertise themselves as ‘pro-employee’.

    • shelcoof
      Posted January 25, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      The “Pro Employee” part is only to let your guard down and use what you have to say against you. HR is hired by the employer to only look out for the business’s best interest. HR isn’t going to bite the hand that feeds them… if you get what I’m saying 🙂

  2. two crows
    Posted January 23, 2017 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    For all the ragging on other people this was a fun podcast. You could hear the light-heartedness in your voice.

    I enjoy the serious ones, book reviews etc, but this is good variety too.

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