Poker face. It’s a term I’m sure many people have heard. Does anyone really know what it truly means? It’s not pokerface, it’s poker face. The dictionary describes it as: an impassive expression that hides one’s true feelings. That definition is about as cold as a real poker face. There was a movie not too long ago starring Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana. Lucky You was the title of it. A movie promoted as a poker movie but in reality a not so great love story. In that movie Eric Bana’s character attempts to explain the concept of poker face to Drew Barrymore’s character. Then while he playing, she notes how he suddenly put on his poker face and she questions him on it. blah blah blah.
I watch a lot of movies due to the fact that I don’t own a TV. Thus I’m likely see movies about poker because I like the card game. So far, I haven’t found a poker movie that beats Rounders. That is the ultimate in poker movies. Talk about some serious poker face in that movie. Not to mention some really good poker skills and a compelling story. Mad props to Matt Damon and Ed Norton in that one.
A couple of years ago, poker was having a massive growing spurt. Thanks largely to online poker. Then came the American government and put a damper on it. Though I haven’t played for money online since that happened, I can bet that poker isn’t getting it’s same shine since. Even the World Series of Poker has made a dumb change this year. Stopping the game at the final table and waiting several months to finally play it. Dumb!
What I do know about my own poker playing is that I apparently have a really good poker face. I’ve had many a player shake their head at me and then say, I can’t ever tell what you’re playing. That’s generally a good thing. It makes other players think. However, I get the impression that my poker face spills over in regular life. I’m sure there’s a few people on this earth that can attest to that.
The question is, what do poker players listen to when they’re playing poker. I mean the ones that bring their iPods. I’ve not done that. I get too much information about others by being able to hear and watch. I suppose the next time I visit a casino I should ask a player wearing their iPod to tell me. Today’s pick is what I imagine someone would listen too…
Big Wreck is no longer around, but the music has a feel like you’re thinking things out. But then the title says it all: All By Design. That’s how a poker player ought to approach the game. With a particular game plan. Obviously includes knowing the math or the odds. It also includes knowing how to read a player, and how not to be read. It’s All By Design, at least it ought to be.
All By Design is likely how Big Wreck approached their music too. So much about the tune and their music in general shows that they had a very clear vision of how they did what they did. Very thick and rich guitars, pounding drums, and raspy cool vocals. It all adds up to a combination that I thought kicked ass. Too bad it didn’t catch on for them.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t become a fan. In fact it still means to pick up the music legally and support the artist. Go now, play your poker and get your music!