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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Playing Poker with Dick Cheney

This transcript was first posted back in June, 2004, but was recently awarded a prize [note: you'll have to scroll down a ways before you get to the transcript; thanks to Tom Luongo for the pointer]. Tom calls it a new form of Liars' Poker. Here is a brief excerpt from it:

Transcript of The Editors' regular Saturday-night poker game with Dick Cheney, 6/19/04. Start tape at 12:32 AM.

The Editors: We'll take three cards.
Dick Cheney: Give me one.
Sounds of cards being placed down, dealt, retrieved, and rearranged in hand. Non-commital noises, puffing of cigars.
TE: Fifty bucks.
DC: I'm in. Show 'em.
TE: Two pair, sevens and fives.
DC: Not good enough.
TE: What do you have?
DC: Better than that, that's for sure. Pay up.
TE: Can you show us your cards?
DC: Sure. One of them's a six.
TE: You need to show all your cards. That's the way the game is played.
Colin Powell: Ladies and gentlemen. We have accumulated overwhelming evidence that Mr. Cheney's poker hand is far, far better than two pair.

But read the whole thing. It is really good.

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