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2011 WSOP Main Event Day 1b - Screw Poker - I'd Rather Be at 4-H Camp

9 July 2011, By: compncards
4 H Camp 227x300
4 H Camp 227x300

So the 2011 WSOP Main Event is currently in Day 1b and honestly, I don't give a damn about the event oday.  For most of this week until today I have been participating in the annual 4-H Camp I work at yearly, or as I will call it this year, the World Series of Ultimate Uno.

What is Ultimate Uno?  You play the same rules as Uno, except for the fact that if you have multiples of a number or special card, you can play them all at the same time.  Also, if you get forced to draw 2 and you have a draw 2 card, you can lay it down and make the next person draw 4.  I had the misfortune of having to draw 14 cards at one point.

My opponents were some of the toughest 9, 10, and 11 year olds in all of North America, minus 49 states and 3/4th of Virginia.  Throw in some teens and two adults that cheat, me being one of those, and it is a load of fun.  Of course, nobody bothers to protect their hands as this isn't poker, so I get to see about half of the table's cards.

Not that it matters.  I was apparently drawing dead in Ultimate Uno as I got coolered hand after hand.  I mean, these kids can't even spell uno!!!  Ok, too much poker.

The 4-H Clubs of America hold camps all across North America and serve youth age 5 to 19 in various programs.  Each year, camps hold Jr. 4-H Camp for ages 9 to 13.  I have been serving in these camps since I was 13 years old.  First, I was a teen counselor and then moved into the role of adult volunteer.  I am also Master Volunteer Camp Director trained, which means in the event of a 4-H Agent not existing in my county, I can legally run camp by camp guidelines.

For a day or two after I do camp, work, poker, and life become mundane due to the fact that I just spent a week making a difference in the lives of kids.  Some years are very routine, and others can be quite hectic.  However, it is worth more to me than any job I have held and is the one thing I try and do every year.

So today I am going to skip all the stories about this or that pro that busted on Day 1b or who advanced to the next day because my heart is still back skipping nine year olds with one card left because their color matches what's on board and I still have 4 cards left.  I also would much rather listen to some random 9 year old tell me about the little stuffed animal he just bought from the camp store than some thankless pro that is complaining about some cooler he took in an event that 5,000 people like him will experience at some point.

I'd much rather eat substandard camp food and shoot the breeze about what the campers did to the staff earlier in the day than eat at the fanciest restaurants in Vegas and listen to pros talk about how baller they were when they busted someone.

There are things more important in my life in poker, and this is one day that poker takes a back seat to them.  Poker gets to dominate enough of my life.  Today, it gets dominated by a Skip Reverse suited and will never catch up.

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