A few years ago, I jumped on the Texas-Hold'em bandwagon and rode it for a little while. Typically, this involved a bunch of guys getting together for a few hours, eating a boatload of crappy food, drinking beer, and making inappropriate comments about everything. Oh, and being down $50 within fifteen minutes of the first hand -- which I would have been if we were actually gambling, which, of course, we were not.
But my favorite part of playing poker had to be going all in. Pushing your chips to the center of the table, risking everything on your next play, when you were confident enough to lay it all on the line, was incredibly exciting, perhaps even more exciting than sudden death dodgeball.
I tell you this for no reason whatsoever.