Since our wife and I usually keep the current home at a cool 74, the poker players essentially walked into a sauna every time the two of us played
I’m abysmal at poker, however despite having played for some time, I just can’t master our poker face. Despite our acting failures, I still host a yearly poker night at our family’s home. After years of losing disastrously to our many relatives, inspiration struck 1 night when it was recognizably boiling in our bonus room. The Heating plus A/C idea had been acting up, and the room where the two of us played was warmer than usual, but even the people with the best poker faces couldn’t contain their discomfort at the warmth of the room. It distracted them; they were so busy worrying about the sweat stains under their arms that their faces betrayed their hands. I betted accordingly, and for the first time, I was the victor of poker night! Although an Heating plus A/C professional came out the next day, diagnosing and repairing our leaky air ducts, I decided that I would be turning up the heat in the bonus room on poker days going forward. I told our relatives that I was keeping our thermostat at a higher temperature to maintain energy efficiency, and to reduce our cooling system’s impact on our electric bill. They all seemed to understand, but their respective games were entirely impacted by the lack of cool air in the room. Before each game, I localed our hand over the vents in the bonus room to make sure they weren’t blowing any cool air, and I double-checked the thermostat to ensure that the bonus room zone was set to 73 degrees. Since our wife and I usually keep the current home at a cool 74, the poker players essentially walked into a sauna every time the two of us played. The discomfort of the climate impacted almost all the people’s play, and as a result, I won more often. I was also more confident, knowing that I held the reins to the comfort of the rest of the group.