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Friday, April 23, 2010

Pairings

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Hello blog readers. Today’s topic is one which in my opinion is tremendously underexposed. I really can’t understand why there aren’t more posts about it. Let’s break it down.


Point One: Many poker players like to watch poker videos. Watching training films is a proven way to improve your game.

Point Two: Many poker players also enjoy a fine beverage. With so many to choose from, selecting the right beverage is something of an art form.

You see lots of talk and TV and stuff about pairing food and wine. Why don’t we see posts about pairing poker videos with the correct beverage?

That was a rhetorical question by the way. I’m all over this topic and right here, as a public service, I'm going to clue you in on some basic poker video-beverage pairings.

Let’s start with an easy one. This is a video of Phil Helmuth demonstrating how to correctly play the Hammer:



Because it’s Phil, the obvious pairing is with a fine whine wine. Specifically one that’s both sickeningly sweet and highly acidic. This makes for an obvious choice - I recommend a nice expensive ice wine.

See how easy that was?

Next up is a video from PokerStars, how to play badugi.




You have to be kind of weird to play badugi. You know who else is kinda weird? People that like the Insane Clown Posse. You know what those people drink? Faygo.

So let’s pair badugi up with a nice tall glass of Faygo Rock ‘n Rye.

As a bonus Faygo is non-alcoholic so you can keep your wits around you as you try and figure out this crazy game. And once you do (somehow) master badugi you can go crazy, mix Faygo with a wide variety of booze and get drunk right off your ass. It’s the perfect beverage for badugiots everywhere.

Moving right along we have another video from PokerStars, how to play 8 game mix.



Look, let’s face the facts. Only weird people with strange facial tics play 8 game mix, so it’s important to select a beverage that fits. My recommendation is a nice Japanese beer. And I don't mean one of those mainstream beers that everybody knows like Asahi or Kirin or Sapporo. I'm talking something from way out there:

Yeah, I have no idea either.

So anyway, further study is needed but I have a working hypothesis that the same people that actually like 8 game mix are the same people who have a Japanese beer fetish. Don’t agree? Go do a dozen sake bombs and check back with me later.

Right.

So I was going to do a couple more, but I've found that just plain old beer pairs really well with poker blogging and I've kinda lost initiative. So go experiment with your own pairings and remember one key phrase: If you overdo it, it's not my fault.

1 comment:

Shrike said...

Hysterical post!

I think you should have you found a way to work in absinthe somewhere.

-PL