Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Matmen Wrestling Club – Poker Fundraiser – 2011

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Here’s another Blog by a Mississauga Chiropractor….

On Friday November 11, 2011 was the 2nd Annual Poker Night Fundraiser for the Matmen Wrestling Club at the Kombat Arts Training Academy at 1110 Kamato Road, Unit 7 in Mississauga, Ontario.  My BNI Referral Professional’s chapter member, Peter Caprarella invited me along with a bunch of other BNI chapter members.

When I got to the Kombat Arts Training Academy, I met Augie, a fellow chapter member he was giving me a few pointers about Texas Hold’em, the game we would be playing that night.  I had played Texas Hold’em once before when I was a 4 year intern inChiropracticCollege, but I had no strategy or poker face.  Augie reassured me that this game was just for fun.

The Kombat Arts Training Academy looked like a Rocky Balboa gym.  There was an elevated ring at the centre of the room, and an Octagon Cage in the corner.  About 10 poker tables were set up in rows around the room as well.  One-by-one, the room began to fill with men of all shapes and sizes.  I was told that the serious poker players were the ones with baseball caps, probably to hide their eyes.

We all then lined up for food, which consisted of Caesar salad, lasagna & buns.  They also served cake at the end of the night.  I ate my food with the rest of my BNI chapter members that came to support Peter.

With about 20 minutes before we were scheduled to start, they had a Texas Hold’em Crash Course for all us Newbies who hadn’t played the game before.  I sort of remembered the rules but was lost with terms like ‘the flop’ & ‘the river’.  The dealer also taught us some Texas Hold’em etiquette like you shouldn’t ‘splash the pot’ and ‘string betting’ was frowned upon.

When it was time to start, every player drew their table & seat number from a hat.  I got table 3, seat 7.  A lot of young wrestlers were sitting at my table, plus one of my BNI members, Dion.  The game was pretty fun.  I won 6 hands in total and lost 2 hands.  I bought back into the game once, near the beginning.

Overall, I lasted about 2 ½ hours before I was finally knocked out.  I had an Ace & Queen, with a Queen on the board.  The guy beside me was holding 2 Kings, so he beat me out…. Just another day in the life of a Chiropractor

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