Christopher looked at the two pocket cards, making sure to have his poker face in place. He had king and queen of diamonds. Chris looked at his four other competitors and threw in a red chip. “I call,” he said.
Freddy threw in a red chip as well. “I’m in as well,” Freddy said. “Glad you could make our little game here tonight.”
“Thanks for letting me sit in. I haven’t played in a long time,” Christopher said.
Jack checked his cards a second time and chucked them into the center. “Newbies have it hard, man. That’s why I invited you tonight. I wanted a chance at some of that money you doctors make. I figure you’d make easy pickings since you don’t know anyone’s tells.”
Christopher laughed. “Can’t get my money by folding before the flop,” he replied.
Jack shook his head. “Can’t get any money with the crap I had,” Jack said. “Besides, I needed a ride. What about you Liam?”
Liam grunted and threw in two red chips. Jack laughed. “Liam doesn’t like to talk while playing,” said Jack. “He’s afraid if he says anything it will give away his hand.”
Myles threw in two red chips. “I call,” Myles said. “I think it’s because he’s said ‘Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in a court of law.’
Christopher tossed in his second red chip as well as Freddy. Jack tapped the table indicating he was calling as well.
Myles paused with the cards in his hand. “Of course it does give him an advantage since he can usually sniff out a punk from a mile away.”
Freddy tapped the table. “Are you going to deal or bore me to death so you can win?” Freddy asked. He then turned to Christopher. “He can find the perps because the kind of people he picks up don’t bathe.
Myles dealt out the three cards of the flop. Christopher had a hard time keeping a straight face. The flop had ace of spades, king of hearts, and jack of diamonds. Looking at the other three that stayed in the hand he could see almost no reaction from any of them. Christopher decided to play it slow. “Well, I do play a psychiatrist on TV, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve. I am an expert at people lying to me, as well as themselves,” Christopher said as he knocked on the table to call.
Freddy laughed. “Oh yeah? Okay, what can you tell about me?” he asked.
The game paused for a minute as everyone turned their attention to Christopher and Freddy. Christopher stroked his chin and stared Freddy in the eyes. Christopher slowly smiled and said, “You touched your cards with your left hand, but you are right handed. That means you are nervous about how this is going. You are in it until the bid goes up a bit fast, then you will fold. Since I called you decided that it didn’t cost you anything yet to ride it out hoping the turn has better news.”
“You are dead wrong. I raise you,” Freddy said. He threw in a white and a red chip. He turned to Liam and poked his thumb at Christopher, “Watch out for mister psychobabble. He might read your mind.”
Liam grunted and put in two white chips. Myles threw in his cards. “Yeah, that pushed me over the edge.”
Christopher put in three white chips of his own. “I raise you. Myles plays it safe pretty much all the time, unless he has too many beers, but you guys probably don’t let him get too far since this is his house and that would be disrespectful.”
That brought a surprised and hurt look to Myles. “Is that why you guys decided to go dry tonight?” he asked.
Freddy gave Christopher a hard look. He turned back to Jack. “No man, we just wanted everyone to bring their A game,” Freddy said.
Myles laughed. “I guess my drunk game must be a D then,” he said.
“More like an F-,” said Jack. “Who wants to play with a guy like that?”
Freddy jerked his thumb in Christopher’s direction. “Who wants to play with a guy like this?” he asked Jack. “Where did you dig this guy up?”
“I brought in fresh meat,” Jack replied. “If you can’t beat him don’t come crying to me.”
Christopher cleared his throat. “I am right here guys,” Christopher said. Freddy and Jack shrugged. Christopher continued, “And Freddy, it is your turn. Are you in?”
Freddy reached for his cards with his left hand, then realized what he was doing and switched to his right. Everyone except Freddy and Liam broke out in laughter. “Oh hells bells,” Freddy said as he threw his cards into the middle.
Liam put in one whited chip and tapped the table to call. Myles picked up the cards and dealt the king of clubs on the turn. Christopher stared at Liam. “A man that won’t talk is not very interesting. I call.”
Liam picked up two blue chips and tossed them into the pot. This gave Christopher pause. He turned to Myles. “What is interesting is I learned that if you have lost your license you can still get in trouble for driving,” Christopher said. He picked up two blue chips and one red and tossed them into the pot.
“Of course you can. You don’t have a license,” Freddy said. Liam immediately put two more blue chips into the pot.
“But did you know you get five points added to the license that you no longer have?” asked Christopher. Christopher checked his pocket cards again. Three kings was a damn good hand. “Of course I should have known better, but I was late to a client meeting.”
Myles laughed. “That must have been interesting explaining as to why you were late.”
“How long ago was this?” asked Jacked with a small grin.
“Oh, just yesterday,” replied Christopher. He reached for a large stack of chips.
“What the hell, they told you I’m a cop right?” asked Liam in exasperation. “And you drove again tonight. Are you a moron? After this hand we are going to have a talk.”
Christopher moved away from his chips and threw his cards into the center of the table. “You win.”
Liam shook his head. “We could have finished the hand at least,” he said.
“Yeah, Liam wouldn’t have arrested you right now,” Freddy said.
Myles began to laugh. “Oh, I see what you did there.” He then turned to Jack. “And you were in on it to I presume good sir.”
Jack laughed and Christopher gave Liam a wink. “You have pocket aces I presume,” Christopher said.
Liam flipped two aces over. “How did you?” he began to ask. “Oh, I talked. Very funny.”
“When you wanted to finish the hand that meant you weren’t bluffing, and with two kings out there you either had a king yourself, or a nice little pair of aces,” said Christopher.
“So did you really drive over here without a license?” asked Myles.
Christopher smiled. “We have a police officer over there. I’m not telling.” Christopher held out his hand. “My deal next?”
Myles handed over the cards. Liam pulled in the pot. “I’m going to call this in after we are done,” Liam said.
Jack laughed. “Doesn’t matter, I drove.”
Liam turned red, but then joined the rest of the group in a round of laughter.