For those of you unfamiliar of how a cash league works, it's really quite simple. Your task is to play X amount of cash game hours in a certain time frame, for example, 60 hours in 3 months. During that 3 months, 1 euro is taken from every hand played. At the end of the 3 months, all those euros are added together, and whoever has played the 60 hours either gains a share of the money or has a freeroll in a tournament with the money collected as the prizepool.
Recently, a certain player who hadn't been seen for a few weeks appeared in the club with 6 days remaining in the cash league. With 27 hours to make up in 6 days, he knew it was going to be no easy task to reach the 60 hour quota.
In this particular 3 month span, the cash games in Limerick had been worse than I'd ever seen them. The games ran very seldom, and when they did run, they didn't last very long. The result of this was that there was just over €3,000 in the cash league prizepool when there would often be €10k plus in the pool. The only positive result of this was that only two of us managed to make the 60 hours in these 3 months. So as it worked out, €3,000 between two of us ended up being better than €10,000 split between 10 to 15 of us!
So this player with 27 hours to do in 6 days certainly saw the lucrative reward available if he was able to manage to get the required number of hours. With the games having picked up in recent weeks, he managed to get 25 hours done in 5 days. That meant with just one night to go, all he needed was 2 hours of a cash game to qualify and earn approximately €1,000 - and thus decrease my share by €500.
The final night was a Thursday and it was a pretty quiet night with not much happening. Our hero tried to round up some players for a cash game but he was struggling to convince anyone to play. Eventually, he managed to convince two others to sit down. Unfortunately, you need 4 to start a cash game.
As the other two players patience wore thin, our hero frantically searched for someone that would just sit down for 2 hours to enable him to reach the magical 60 hour mark. With no punters willing to sit down in site, our hero retreated outside for a cigarette to try to figure something out. If only there was some class of person that would do something you wanted for a set period of time in exchange for a nominal fee...
As luck would have it, such a person passed by as our hero was out having his cigarette. He approached this member of the oldest profession and began negotiating. I'm sure this girl has had many strange requests from many strange men but perhaps none quite like this...
After negotiating what he felt was a fair fee, our hero reappeared in the club, and finally with 4 players, they were able to start a cash game. After two hours of €1-€1 hold 'em and a lot of folding by the female player, our hero had finally earned his 60 hours and duly released the lady of her duties.
All told, those two hours effectively cost me €500. All I know is the next time a hooker costs me €500 for two hours of work, I'm going to make sure I get my money's worth!