Do You Remember… Poker Night
khs68 previously wrote in a comment: On Saturday nights we’d go over to a friend’s house in Palolo and the parents used to play poker until early morning.
Does this still go on?
Apparently so. About a month ago, my friend Kathy from Wahiawa told me that they have a standing Saturday night poker game.
Let me clarify – I’m not talking about the new-fangled, big bucks, all-in, Texas Hold-’um kine games. No, these were just-for-fun games where you’d buy in with $5.00 and get a purple Seagram’s Crown Royal bag of 100 poker chips. And the rules were simple; 5 chips max bet, 3 bumps max, dealer calls the game. The deal alternates around the table. And there would be 2 decks – one red deck and one blue deck, so when the dealer was dealing out the cards – say he was using the red deck – the next, next person would be “washing” the blue deck of cards for the next dealer. Get it? So let’s say the seat #2 was dealing, seat#4 was washing or shuffling the cards for the person in seat #3 who would be dealing the next game. That way, no one can accuse the dealer of “fixing” the deck because it was shuffled by someone else.
I remember when I first started dating Paula, when I’d go over to pick her up, there’d be cars all filling the driveway – because every Saturday night was Poker Night at her house. The same group of uncles and aunties would get together to play poker and talk story. And to keep it simple, it wasn’t potluck dinner kine. If anything, people would bring small kine pupus to go with their beer or a jello dessert that was made earlier in the day or a custard pie picked up from a bakery on the way over.
And the ones who didn’t play poker – usually some of the wives – would gather by the TV and talk story. Then later in the evening, they’d go to the kitchen to get the Mr. Coffee going and slice up the desserts for the break in the game.
But it was more than just a poker game. During Hono-hono orchid season, one uncle would bring blooming plants for everyone to take home. Or sometimes the cousins would tag along to visit with the other cousins and catch up on the latest happenings. Or sometimes some of the aunties would bring a new item that they just discovered to share with everyone.
The only problem was when one of the couples was going to Vegas and didn’t have enough people to play. So the game had to be cancelled for that weekend until the couple came back from their trip. The remedy was: they all go Vegas together. Problem solved.
But alas, some of the uncles and aunties have passed on and the Saturday night poker game ended. But it had a long run. And best of all – it kept the families close. It wasn’t something that I experienced growing up so it was pretty amazing to me. And that’s why I’m happy to hear that it’s still going on today – like with my friend Kathy.
Did your families have Poker Night when you were growing up? Or maybe you have Poker Night now. Or did your families get together quite often – other than for just special occasions and holidays? Or maybe even not relatives but “calabash” family.
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