Texas Holdem on JBB
Back in the day, way back in the day, it was not uncommon for a card player or cowboy looking for a poker game to sit down at a card table where everyone playing happened to be armed. In this day and age, however, I suspect, card players would not feel so comfortable sitting at a table surrounded by so much firepower.
Welcome to “JBB” --- Joint Base Balad, Iraq, or “Mortaritaville” as it was dubbed a couple years ago due to the frequency in which said mortars happen to fall. Here a card player can expect to sit down at a table and encounter 9mm handguns, semi-automatic M-16 rifles, a fully automatic M 249 machine gun or two and perhaps the occasional 40mm grenade launcher. While these are not usually loaded, rest assured the ammunition is either on the soldier’s person --- like that full shell belt strapped to the butt of the 12 gauge Combat Shotgun slung across the back of the Big Blind over on table 13 --- or is very close at hand.
Feb 23, 2009