I don’t think I ever considered just how disgusting the poker table can be. I did, however, witness something a few nights ago that made me contemplate the very close quarters at the table and the very easy transfer of grossness from one person to another.
An older gentleman was involved in a hand. It had become clear that although the man was very kind, he was also quite uninhibited, particularly regarding his phloemy cough. He also seemed to have poor eyesight, as he always brought the cards up to his face to see his hand. You can see where this is going… Before making a decision about his play, he brought his cards to his face, and proceeded to cough right into them. Then he folded.
That’s gross. There’s a good chance I held those very cards in my hands moments later. The automatic shuffler should also act as a card-washing machine. Poker players are not exactly notorious for health and cleanliness, putting in twenty-hour sessions without a shower, new shirt or single vegetable…
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Jacob "Jaymind" Westlin is a semi-professional limit hold'em player with a strong, sarcastic wit. Jaymind also frequently contributes to Minnesota Poker Magazine's monthly publication. Email Jaymind at email@example.com