...it's because he has been cast from the deck of cards...it's always 52 cards,never 54...so the next time you buy a deck take the "JOKER" out & place him where he can be seen...it might help reduce the beatings he luvs to give you every now & then...hey, if football,baseball,basketball & all the others have their off- beat superstitions, why not poker?...I did it & I swear the bad beats have eased up a little...they will never disappear but I think the "JOKER" is showing me a little respect by taking off the brass knuckles...hope you enjoyed the story and have a little fun with it...maxkurt