"Huh," I said, "What's the second closest approximation?"
"Gypsy punk rock," the alien said without pause or inflection. The alien doesn't say anything without researching alternatives first. It's one of the reasons we get along.
We devised a poker strategy. We've already got a poker player we're planning to coach - he's a decent but not exceptional player, at the bottom of the professional circuit. The easy part was a betting method, and the cards - we basically used a standard strategy.
The key of this strategy was personal interaction. The player was to speak in a constant squeaky cartoonish voice, roll his eyes wildly, make inappropriate hand gestures, clench his teeth constantly, and whistle off-tune. In short, the player should endeavor to make all his actions incomprehensible and distracting.
He's taking the strategy to the road starting tomorrow night. Wish us luck!