Me, my wife, and online poker.
About 2 months ago, I told my wife I was tired of the poor play with play chips and that I was going to deposit $100 on Full Tilt. Her only real reply was that I had to set a limit of no more than $10 or $20 a month to deposit for gambling.
"It's gambling, I don't want you to lose much, it's just for entertainment"
"It's skill" I said, "It's about playing the odds
and position among other things"
I don't think she bought one word of it.
A few weeks pass and one Sunday morning I played a $5 MTT with like 200 or so people and she sat and watched me. We discussed why I played certain hands and not others and she actually seemed interested. After several hours I ended up in second place and $145 richer.
Since then, in the evenings she started watching me while I played one of the 45 person SNG's for $1 after the kids went to bed. This went on for a little bit, and pretty soon she started asking me "Are you going to play poker tonight?" even before I had thought about it.
hmm, I sense a genuine interest here....
So 3 days ago, she asks me if I was going to play and I said "after I take a shower, I'll sign up for it now if you want to sit here and play if it starts before I come downstairs". She agreed, and instead of taking over after the shower, I sat and helped her. She finished in 5th place and in the money.
The next day the same thing took place, and until it was down to two people she played the entire thing. I took over heads up after she was getting squished by someone being very aggressive, and we ended up winning first place.
Last night, we had this conversation:
(we are going on vacation this weekend)
Her: "Do hotels have wireless internet?"
"I'm not sure, the last one I remember seeing an ethernet plug"
do you have an extra cable?"
"I'm not sure, I think so. Want me to look for one? Why do you need an ethernet cable anyways"
"I thought I'd bring along my work laptop so we could play poker in the hotel room"
My friends, I think we've got a convert !