If you’ve played poker, especially no-limit Texas Hold ’em, you know about the power of position. When you have position (meaning you’re last to act in the round) you have a big advantage because everyone else has to go before you do, and you get information from them based on what they do (or don’t do). Or to put it the other way, if you don’t have position you have to act first and you don’t know what your opponent is going to do behind you. Position is extremely important in NLHE, but I was thinking recently about how it’s important in many other games too.
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My sister made a recent comment about playing games as a kid and that got me thinking about the big group games we used to play as an extended family. My family, my Mom’s brother and his family, and my grandparents were all pretty tight-knit and spent a lot of time together, getting together for all the birthdays, major holidays, or just a weekend dinner. Most of the time games started shortly after dinner and the dishes were done.
We tended to have games on a rotation: we’d get into a game, play it for a while (“a while” might be years…), eventually get onto some other game and play it for a while, bring back another one, and so on. It’s always fun when you have a big group to play a familiar game, and we would usually have anywhere from 5 – 10 of us playing. Here are some of the games that made our rotation over and over again.