By Crecia Page - Randy Couture is no stranger to the game of poker. He hosts "Operational All-In," an annual charity poker tournament. While it might be true that he's got some skills, it sure didn't show yesterday in the $1k No-Limit event.
After kicking off today's events by announcing "shuffle up and deal," the UFC star took a seat in the Pavilion room and disappeared into the masses. There was literally nobody around his table, not even a handler.
The first thing I noticed was his card protector. It was pretty heavy duty and reminded me of a Slammer back when Pogs were big. The outside was acrylic and the center was gold. But then I realized maybe it's not a card protector, because it never once touched his hand. In fact, his cards were always about six inches in front of his chips ready for the dealer to muck at anytime.
I remember when I first started playing poker; the dealers certainly didn't hesitate to scold me for this bad behavior. But not a word was said to Randy.
But a man can't improve with no one is in his corner to give him little direction, right?
His original table broke in level two and he got some railbirds at his next table, but not as many as I was expecting. He took few pictures with fans and continued to show just what an amateur he was. Several times while trying to toss his chips in the pot they would roll in all different directions across the table. He also turned his cards over at the end of every hand to allow the dealer to explain what he had made.
When the first break was announced he immediately put his hat and sunglasses on and then proceeded to use the oldest trick in the book to avoid contact with anyone: pretend to be on the phone and jet out the door.
His return from the 20-minute break didn't last long. He was knocked out early in round three.
On the bright side, at least it was one more round than his last bout with Chuck Liddell.