Jack on the River

August 18, 2010

I’ve found that one can make a lot of life analogies from poker (patience, not judging the other players and many others) and I think that people are often the result of their own stereotypes.

Recently I played in a free poker tournament near where I live. It was a Thursday and I didn’t have anything to do so I thought I’d try it out. When I got there, the first tournament was finishing up and I noticed that many of the players weren’t talking – they were signing.

I know I thought to myself  “Oh man, I’m going to have to deal with this?” As I think about it I think that is what people think about me when they play against me the first few times.

When the second tournament started the guy running it said there are a large number of deaf players and they’ll be signing call, bet, check or raise. I think being deaf and a poker player may be a benefit because you wouldn’t have to deal with other peoples mouths and would be able to focus more on their gestures.

I’ll likely go back. I found that the people there were friendly – maybe because I was one of them – disabled. Although I have never played with a large number of disabled players I think we [those with disabilities] want to go out of our way to help. While I do need help dealing I don’t need as much help as one might think.

Ultimately I realized that I am judgmental for no good reason except that I have never played with that community before. I think it could be an opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances as me. I don’t know any people here in the same boat as me and I would like to. Next time will be different .