Christmas Past, Memories of Christmas day 1954 in Plunkett Bks 1st Armd Sqdn all leave cancelled and put on standby, (I still dont know for what),after breakfast played poker until dinner,Tpr McGlue wins most, after dinner played poker till tea time Tpr McGlue wins most again!, after tea played poker in washroom with windows blacked out with blankets as game now was illegal,Tpr McGlue wins most again! Just about skint by now only enough left to buy a wad and cup of tea in Sandes Soldiers home, then back to the billet for some kip, That Tpr Andy McGlue was some poker player happy days ;D ;D, Happy Christmas to all on the Curragh Forum Ex Tpr Kelly 1St Armd Sqdn 53/54/55
Hi Trooper Kelly. I don't play poker now as i suppose when i worked for myself didn't have the time. Well i can tell you we used to play in Plunkett Barracks the games often lasted 48hrs on long week-ends. I had spots before my eyes looking at cards. Hell it cost me a lot of money to learn the game. I got some tips from some good players in Plunkett as i was often skint due to poker. I was told forget the cards and watch and study who your playing with. The hard draw on the fag. the player who puts his cards down and never checks when the hand is good. The player who tries to squeeze bad card to make them better 'most likely a bluff. How they put the money in quick or slow. Look and study the face are they getting red or pale. Then control everything you do at the game so that others can't read your game. Then only play the cards for what there worth . I have seen the best hand chucked in. When i worked for Wimpey many years ago i paid for my holidays in Ireland through playing Poker. When we would be rained off the game would begin and back in the mid 60s pots of £200-00 + After my training in plunkett twas like taking candy from babies. Now a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To all your family and your good self. Hope you have a Royal Flush of a year in 2013. ;D Regards Ant.
Hello Matt Great photo you dug up! (topical at the moment on the forum) I bet it will stir a few more memories!! like other posters I thank you for all the effort you put in bringing the forum to us, where would we be without our memories??? Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Christmas and new year, Ex Tpr Kelly, 1St Armd Sqdn 53/54/55.