Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Pub-Club Poker Gambling Limits

Ok, which means you visit your local pub visit the bar order your chosen tipple and have a seat facing the TV which can be currently showing live horse racing.

You change to see who else will there be before settling down to have 5 mins with the newspaper,
On exploring you see four men in the corner of the space with increased than £40 on the pool table because they are playing for £10 a person per frame

In the alternative corner, you see four similar-looking men sat around a bit of green cloth with what appears like connect4 coins facing them, and on the ledge underneath the table you see a glass with the same £40 in it.

You stroll to begin to see the four men playing cards as the pool does not interest you and you're not very good at it and they have to be good because they are wagering £10 each.

You ask to pull up a chair at the card table and watch for around 5-10 minutes before asking to join as "This looks easy it's all luck nothing like the pool where you will need to manage to play" ;.

Within 5 minutes of sitting down, you're already reaching into your pocket to get out another £5 as you have been already fleeced from your first initial buy-in. "Ah that's OK though that bloke just got lucky on me she must have had good cards to bet very much most of the time"

But did he?? Or was he utilizing the same form of skill which was needed by the pool players to win their money?

This is actually the underlying question isn't it?

I have already been playing poker now in league's casino's and home games for over 4 years and the amount of individuals who don't play or understand poker have uttered the immortal words "I really could beat you at poker it's easy its about who has the very best cards" is unbelievable.

In my opinion these are the same individuals who write the laws on Public House / Private member Club Poker Gambling restrictions.
£5 in 24 hours per player with no more than £100 pay out for Pub's & £10 in 24 hours with no more than £250 pay out for private members clubs, exactly what a joke

If you're playing pool, bingo, the tote or on usually the one arm bandit you might wager a complete weeks wages in less than an hour or so, but when you want to use your whit your skill and your ability to play poker against other like minded people if you go to a casino, everytime you open the cards and place more than your £5 or £10 up for grabs you're immediately breaking the law.

It always gets mentioned but I will repeat it for the sake of this article "Why we always see the same faces at the last tables" Daniel Negranu has just proven this along with his second final table at the WSOPE in 2 years and the same with 2008 WSOP runner up Ivan Demidov reaching the last table of both WSOP & WSOPE in the area of a couple of months, Dennis Phillips last years final table appearance at the WSOP and a good deep run at this years event. This type of person not lucky yes they've had to catch a few lucky cards here and there and win a few coin flips as you go along but they're skilful at what they do and keep doing so well through there knowledge and comprehension of the overall game not by pure luck.

I think that the us government should understand this and provided that the games are run fairly and league nights are run honestly and openly then poker must certanly be treated as just as much as a game of skill as every other sport or game. And the restrictions must certanly be raised to permit an improved standard of play through the poker playing community and never having to break the financial institution or the law.

What about our MPs looking at raising the stakes to not silly amounts but to an acceptable price where players will take it more serious and a greater standard of play will be reached along the way.

The quantity of individuals who do well at pub leagues however completely bust out when planning to the casino is due to the massive gulf in the standard of play.

We must look at getting the Games raised to a min on £20 per 24 hours with a max pay out of £500 for pubs and £35 and a max pay out of £750 for private members clubs.

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