I had a bit of a shock tonight. Since I'm still trying to figure out how (or if) I want to try and find a loophole in the internet gambling law the US has passed, all my poker playing lately has been done in my pirate game with the game's play money.
One of the other regular poker players asked to be added to my hearty list, and I said ok. Well, I chatted a bit tonight with him. It seems he's a convicted felon who did jail time and is now finishing out his sentence under house arrest. Ah, since I don't really know the guy too well away from the poker table, I'm not sure how much of the yarn he spun I should believe, but I'm inclined to believe most of what he said about his conviction and hints at a horror story of a childhood.
What I'm certain about him is what I know of his poker play. I can tell you he's a good player. If you play straight out of a poker book, he'll be able to read you like that poker book. I was a bit amused by letting him do just that to me tonight. I was playing ABC, by the book, poker against the others at the table and in private messages he'd tell me the hands I was holding.
Then again, about a week or two back I was doing that to him and telling him his hands when he was playing by the book against some weaker players, so I guess it was only fair he showed me he could get just as good a read on me as I had on him when neither of us were trying to be deceptive.
As for him being a convicted felon, I don't want to believe it, but I do.