RARA-AVIS: Poker at Bouchercons

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 07 Sep 2003

In a message dated 9/6/03 4:07:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time, owner-rara-avis@icomm.ca writes:

 Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2003 08:36:34 -0500
 From: "Bill Crider" < bcrider@houston.rr.com>
 Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Thomas
 I was lucky enough to get to do a one-on-one interview with Ross Thomas at
 the Minneapolis Bouchercon around 1987 when he was guest of honor. I also
 got to hang around with him a little during the day of the interview, but I
 didn't join in the poker game that night. Thomas was part of a regular
 poker-playing crowd at Bouchercon in those days, and I'd have enjoyed
 watching him work. I, however, am the world's worst poker player in more
 ways than one. I don't allow myself around a game. But I digress. Thomas
 was a right g, as you'd probably expect. Smart, funny, and a damned fine
 Bill Crider
I had forgotten about those Bouchercon poker games. I very much regret not participating in one with Ross Thomas. I was at that Bouchercon but not at the poker tables...or at least not at the right time. All the cons run together after awhile. I did join the poker players a few times over the years. I remember my first evening at it when I looked around the table at Max Allan Collins, Lawrence Block and Dennis Lynds (and others lost to memory) and wondered how many hours of group enjoyment I had from the group. I am just an average poker player but broke about even. I introduced the variation known as
"Criss-Cross" or aka "The Iron Cross" to the table to the enjoyment of Collins who did well at it.

Eventually I stopped going because once the novelty wore off I realized I could play poker with a bunch of guys back home but at Bouchercon there were friends to talk to and party with who would disappear out of my life for the next 12 months. So I stopped going.

Richard Moore

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