Inquiring Minds Want To Know... What's Soft Touch has been up to lately?
around the year 2002, during one of the many dice
workshops we would share together, Bill Burton, an
accomplished dice instructor, gave me an autographed
copy of his book, "Get the Edge At Low-Limit
Texas Hold 'em," On the title page he wrote:
"Debbie, You will do well with this game as you are
already a winning player. Bill Burton." Hmm,
I thought, what made him feel I would make a good poker
player? All my energy had been devoted to playing craps
and teaching students how to toss the dice. When
would I ever have the time to learn another game?
Flattered that he would consider me having the potential
to do well at a game outside of craps, I graciously
accepted his book and placed it in my gaming library
among all my craps books. Little did I know that a few
years later I would be referring to his book and many
others to learn theory and strategy to the game of No
Limit Texas Hold 'em.
Well, remembering his words, I decided over a year ago,
to seriously explore the game of Texas Hold 'em. During
this past year, I made the decision to parlay my craps
winnings into poker education and I immersed my self in
the poker world to see what experiences I could create
with the cards. And, to see what kind of interesting
people I would meet as I played.
time, I devised a way to efficiently play craps to
produce the winnings that would finance my buy-ins to
the many poker tournaments and cash games I found myself
playing. When I needed a couple of hundred
dollars, I'd find a craps pit, step up to an empty craps
table, pick up the dice, run a quick betting regression
and when my win limit was met, I would the put down the
dice in mid roll, tip and thank the dealers and make a
bee line to the poker room leaving the dice dealers
wondering what the heck I was doing.
turn at the dice, in the box man's mind, had not ended.
But for me, my hand with the dice ended when I met my
win goal and not when the seven made its appearance. I
have to chuckle sometimes when I hear players state the
seven will always be the last number you roll when your
turn has ended with the dice. Not for me, when I'm
wishing to get into a poker game. Now, this is a
different way of looking at dice control. The dice
game ends when I feel it ends because I've got a date
with pocket aces in the poker room.
Serious play began with my entry into the 2006 World
Series of Poker Women's event where I outlasted over
half of the field and it continues to this present day
as I follow all the WPT and WSOP circuit events through
out our nation. When it came to craps, I always
considered myself a strictly Vegas girl, yet, my new
relationship with the card game moved me out into
different gaming venues like Iowa, Oklahoma, Mississippi
and New Mexico. And, if there was a craps table in
that venue, the better for me, because I knew my trip
would be easily financed by the dice.
While I still love and am dedicated to the game of craps
and sharing my knowledge about he game with my fellow
players as I help them along with their dice journeys,
poker holds my interest for many reasons that I may
share in subsequent writings in my corner.
that's what Soft Touch has been up to lately.
A cute story about the picture. I meet many
legendary players of the game with my experiences in the poker
rooms and felt the picture of Amarillo Slim would bring a smile to
Dice Coach's face. Ask him about his experience with this
granddaddy of poker. During last year's World Series Of Poker
Senior's event, the Dice Coach, a serious poker player himself,
entered and was knocked out by the legendary Amarillo Slim.
next year, Dice Coach and I will surely create a bit of
we team up and both enter the WSOP senior's event. I plan to wear a
T-shirt stating "Yes, I Am" across the front or back of
it. Those who have met me will know what I mean.