Hanzie

I started playing gin a soon after I had become entrenched in the Columbus poker scene. One night I’m sitting around before the poker game, playing gin, and Hanz walks in. Hanz was this ancient Jewish guy. He had some great lines. They all had a certain Hanziness to them. For example, at the end of a hand, when a player gets caught bluffing, lots of times you’ll hear them say, “I got nothing.” Anytime Hanzie heard someone say that at the end of a hand, he would always say, “You got nutting? You can sleep wid my wife!”

I had recently started playing gin, and I’m sitting there playing, and Hanzie walks in. He looks at me real surprised.

“Since when did you start playing gin?”

There was something pushy about his tone, so I reacted accordingly. “I been playing a little while. What’s the big deal?”

“I’m just surprised, that’s all.”

“Why’s that?”

“Well,” he said. “I just can’t believe you would play a game where you can’t fold.”