-------Bruce Walker, March 7, 2010
A young Bruce showing his Vegas winnings.
My older brother Bruce had a number of sayings. They succinctly told the listener his various philosophies of life.
Bruce was an outstanding winner in all aspects of his life.
He unashamedly loved playing poker.
I guess it was only fitting that last night, here in the beach house he loved so much, that we would break out the cards and chips.
Q, fresh from his second place finish in the "The International Salt Water Early Morning Who's Your Daddy Invitational", donned his poker gear.
Splitty the Maul's only comment was, "Bring it.".
Splitty digs poker.
Just don't offer him the "cut".
I'm just sayin'.
With the traditional taunting round completed, the game began.
The table sans yours truly. I was in the game but someone had to take the picture.
It was an epic struggle for all involved. By the end of the first hour there had been no eliminations.
A break was in order.
Splitty wanted a picture taken with Doc and I. He excused himself for a moment in order to "fashion up".
Splitty said we'd look good in the 'hood.
At least we'd be safe with Doc signing autographs.
Our break was over.
Players started dropping.
Splitty the Maul....chopped and dropped.
The table came down to Team Lloyd (minus "Wally Wal" who was watching the Phillies get obliterated by the last place Washington Nationals).
It was a tough fight. Mom roughed up Q for a big chunk of his stack. Doc was holding his own, but not getting the cards he needed to make a run at Mom's pile.
Then...........the unimaginable happened.
Dad bluffed the living tar feathers off his family.
It was brutal.
Now, with Doc having a slight lead over Mom and a substantial lead over Q, the time had come to go for the kill.
Out came the down cards.
Doc called, "All in."
Splitty the Maul took off his sunglasses to get a better view.
Q and Mom called him.
By "fourth street" Q was looking good with Aces high two pair. Mom was out of the running. Doc was sitting on four hearts looking for one more to complete the Ace high flush.
In the words of Splitty the Maul, "It was lookin' REAL good 'til it stopped lookin' good.".
The river card came out.
Splitty struck up the choir:
Q was not amused.
2010 OBX SPLITTY THE MAUL INVITATIONAL WORLD POKER CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER:
This morning Team Lloyd is headed south to see some extended family.
We got up early to make breakfast for the departing champion and crew.
Chris opened the blinds and was greeted by a deer standing next to my truck in the driveway and the beginning of a beautiful sunrise.
The deer took off when it heard me try to take its picture.
On the other hand, I did get this shot:
A few moments later:
Looks like a nice quiet day here today.
Rack of lamb is calling my name for dinner.
I think that's enough plans for one vacation day.
Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.
Air traffic Mike, ret.