While poker is obviously a card game, I prefer to think of it as a character game. Nowhere else will you find such an interesting and eclectic mix of people like you will at a poker table. It doesn t matter where you play (online, neighborhood home game, legit brick n mortar casi cardroom, illicit underground game) or what the stakes are (penny-ante or sebleed) the players are virtually interchangeable diverse backgrounds, varied personas, and everyone has a story. Therein lies the beauty of poker: it s always going to be an adventure. For me, that s the greatest attraction. Not the action occurring in the game but the action of the game. For just like every player has a story, so does every game. Over the years I ve had some truly amazing experiences and met a multitude of incredible people courtesy of the game of poker. While most players measure their success (or failure) based on their cash-outs and/or ATM visits, I d encourage poker players the world over to add a new stat to their personal data sheet: the incredulity factor. Simply put, if it can happen, it s gonna happen at a poker game!