Merry Christmas! It's officially Christmas and I hope Santa Claus brought you a couple of crypto currencies for the holidays. I save my Santa run good for the first tournament of the year because all I want for Christmas is to flop a set with every pocket pair! Flopping quads would be dank too! A general happy holidays to everyone, no matter what your faith is... or isn't. And if you do not celebrate anything, I still want to wish you blessings and let me say... Happy Monday! Happy belated Hanukkah to our readers. And Kwanzaa kicks off tomorrow. And if you're a malcontent or a Costanza, then belated Happy Festivus!
And to our 420-friendly followers... Happy Holidaze! Fire it up! Here's to a heady, dank, steezy happy holidaze, bruhs and sisbrahs!
If you're a poker player, then you know it's been another wild year both on the tables and off the felt. If you're a professional, then what the heck are you doing reading this? Stop goofing off and go bust Bobby Bellande, or get back to work trying to figure out how to crack the German MTT code. If you're a noob, or the fair-weather poker fan, then I sincerely want to congratulate you on surviving the year. And if you're a stray poker media person who found this on a random Google search and you're wondering, “WTF is Dr. Pauly doing this for?” Well, he's gotta pay for Phish tour some way!
Poker... especially low-stakes, kitchen-table poker... is supposed to be social and fun, but sometimes we take ourselves too seriously and make enemies at the table. We're all in the same boat in the long run, so I hope we can all put aside our differences in the next calendar year and make poker great again without constant bickering, trolling, and political subterfuge. There's a ton of work ahead of us and we cannot overcome some of our objectives (e.g. legalized poker in the U.S.) without working together.
Also, here's a shout out to everyone who hosts weekly games for their friends and family. You are trying to bring people together, which is an amazing feat in an era of divide and conquer faux-activism. So, there's a special place in my heart for anyone who hosts games by spreading the holiday cheer and spirit all year long. I personally want to ask the poker gods to keep an extra eye out for you in 2018. Thank you for bringing people together... especially poker players. Politics divides us, but poker is one of the few things that is supposed to bring us together.
And before we go, it's time for the annual posting of our favorite piece of Christmas music featuring LiLo before she went completely mental...