Category: HGPA

Halifax Gentlemen’s Poker Association stories, or stories relating to the membership and their misadventures.

The end of an era

So, last night was likely my last time as a regular attendee of the Halifax Gentlemen’s Poker Association’s weekly meetings. Since I’ve been pretty consistent about attending these for several years now–I think the first one I went to was just before Sarah was born, as I recall making jokes about having to leave suddenly to rush to the hospital,… Read more →

Now Magazine vs The Adapters

I’ve been following the video posts from the shooting of Scott Pilgrim vs The World, the movie that’s being adapted from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s series of Scott Pilgrim comics. Partly this is because I dig the comics, and it seems like the filmmakers are having a wonderful time adapting them, and partly it’s because Mal used to live here in… Read more →

How I Welcomed Canada Day

Shortly after the clock ticked over into Canada Day last night, I was the proud recipient of this: In addition to that lovely chunk of acrylic1 and the first place finish prize2, I get the satisfaction of being the first three-time tournament winner in the H.G.P.A. I should also mention that this was the best tournament we’ve had yet, in… Read more →

Tournament Results

Well, Saturday’s tournament was pretty much an unqualified success–the house is still standing, with no capital expenditures required to put it into wife-ready order before Trish gets back, I think everyone had fun, and I certainly enjoyed myself. And, I got a lot of great stuff from the lads–giant cards, mathematically useful cards, poker signage, classy religious beer, fine whisky,… Read more →

A Clash Of The Titans

This Saturday night my home will be host, for the first time, to a Halifax Gentlemen’s Poker Association No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em invitational tournament. I’m quite excited–the logistics of getting the various and sundry reprobates required for such an event out to my secret base in the woods are not trivial, and attempts to have an event here in… Read more →

HGPA January Tournament.

I suspect the time is nigh for Mangy Jesus and his reign of terror, since portents are amassing: cats lying down with dogs, the night tearing asunder, and Cracker Sean playing aggressively at a tournament. Which is to say: I didn’t even make it into the top half of the ranks on this month’s tourney (after winning 2 of the… Read more →

Worth A Thousand Words…

So, what does it say about your poker skills if you place further back in the tournament ranks than this guy? Someone who is clearly approaching the lethal dose of marijuana? Actually, I had a good time at the tournament on Saturday night, not least because of the not-poker-in-any-way antics with the rubber stamps. Sunday was also fun, with the… Read more →

B’n’E Cleaner

Look what happens when English majors go unemployed in the age of desktop video… (Speedbag is a member of the HGPA. He doesn’t know that I know his door code. However, I certainly didn’t put his dishes away–hell, it’s a constant battle in my own house to get me to put away the dishes.) Read more →

06-6-6 Poker Variant

Here’s what I came up with for a “crazy game” on tonight’s theme for the poker game. You can download a one-page PDF of these rules as well. The Omen This game is played as 7-card stud, with the following variations: An extra hand is dealt, in addition to all player hands. This is referred to as “Damien’s hand”. (This… Read more →

HGPA February Invitational

Friday night was this month’s HGPA tournament. To make a long story short, I had a great time over the course of nine and a half hours, and made it into the money. We had two tables worth of people initially, and once elimination play got us down to one table a lively cash game appeared to break out in… Read more →

Carsten Knox: Informing The Nation

I have previously mentioned my freelance journalist pal Carsten Knox (who, in addition to being a journalist is also a charter member of the HGPA). Well, today Carsten spent some time on the CBC Radio program Freestyle educating the nation (or at least the CBC‘s national audience) about a couple of “indie” films that have just come to DVD. That’s… Read more →


Have you noticed I talk a lot on this blog about my weekly poker game? This is some more of that–I should make a category for this so people can skip these posts if they don’t care. What you’re looking at there is a scan of some playing cards featuring the crest & slogan of the Halifax Gentlemen’s Poker Association… Read more →

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