It’s FIVE QUESTIONS!
Thanks be to gameshowman for reviving this little jewel and sending me these five questions:
1) Seriously, where did you get the idea to make your Plinko board (and are you going to bring it to the Poker Night event on the 13th?)?
I originally made a prototype Plinko board about 6 or 7 years ago, using a full-size 3′ x 4′ plywood board, nails for pegs, and mason jar lids for the chips. It didn’t work too well, mainly because the nails weren’t far enough into the board and would either deaden the chip or get knocked out of the board entirely. My attempt to redrill the holes was scrapped when I got a little overzealous with the drill and broke the bit. Since then, it’s always been in the back of my mind to try and redo it, and it wasn’t until I recently came up with the idea of using dowel rods for the pegs that I acted on it.
(And of course I’m bringing it with me. 😉 )
(Wait… it’s the 13th? Isn’t that a Friday? I put in for the 14th.)
2) What is it with you and 10-7 anyways?
While I was playing at UltimateBet, I was playing at a .25/.50 table when I got dealt a T7. I naturally folded it, but as I did so I drearily pondered the possibility that the flop might have given me a good hand. The flop came… T-7-T. I literally fell out of my chair.
A few months later, back at PartyPoker, I saw the same hand and warily mucked it again. Once again, the flop came T-7-T (same order, even). The odds of flopping a full house when you don’t have a pocket pair are 1086-1, and it happened to me twice, with the same hand, the same flop, and I folded it both times pre-flop. I vowed not to make the same mistake a third time, and from then on played T7 every time I got it. Surprisingly, it served me quite well in the beginning; I think I won 5 out of the first 6 times I played the hand, although naturally the hot streak cooled down. Eventually, I flopped two pair and made the boat on the turn with the T7, at which point I considered the hand redeemed. I still play it now and again, just to mix things up, but nowadays I won’t call more than one bet to play it.
3) Have you tried to stat John Talbain in, say, Werewolf: The Apocalypse/Forsaken?
All of my attempts to get into White Wolf games petered out within about half an hour. So, no.
4) Where did you get the idea for Buried Treasure?
In the bathtub. 😉
Seriously, though, the concept originally started as “The Time Bomb”. Same essence in the concept; players accumulated time to try and defuse a 12-segmented “Time Bomb”, 3 segments of which were live. From there, it metamorphosed into Magic Windows, which later got the name change because Magic Windows sounds dorky.
5) Pick the winner of the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
I haven’t been able to watch the tournament as much as I’d like. But Dan Melia, Brian Moore and Jerome Vered seem to be the most on the ball right now, and they’d probably give Ken the biggest run for his money.