Ok, so you go to your local pub go to the bar order your favorite tipple, and take a seat in front of the TV which is currently showing live horse racing.
You turn around to see who else is there before settling down to have 5 mins with the newspaper,
On looking around you notice four men in the corner of the room with more than £40 on the pool table as they are playing for £10 a man per frame.
In the opposite corner, you see four similar-looking men sitting around a piece of green cloth with what looks like connect4 coins in front of them, and on the ledge, under the table, you notice a glass with the same £40 in it.
You stroll over to see the four men playing cards as the pool does not interest you and you are not very good at it and they must be good as they are wagering £10 each.
You ask to pull up a seat at the card table and watch for about 5-10 minutes before asking to join as “This looks easy it’s all luck not like the pool where you need to be able to play”.
Within 5 minutes of sitting down, luckychuckie you are already reaching into your pocket to get out another £5 as you have already been fleeced out of your first initial buy-in. “Ah that’s OK though that bloke just got lucky on me he must have had good cards to bet that much all the time”
But did he?? Or was he using the same type of skill that was needed by the pool players to win their money?
This is the underlying question, isn’t it?
I have been playing poker now in the league’s casinos and home games for over 4 years and the number of people who don’t play or understand poker has uttered the immortal words “I could beat you at poker it’s easy its all about who has the best cards” is unbelievable.
In my opinion, these are the same people who write the laws on Public House / Private member Club Poker Gambling restrictions.
£5 in 24 hours per player with a maximum of £100 payout for Pub & £10 in 24 hours with a maximum of £250 payout for private members clubs, what a joke.
If you were playing pool, bingo, the tote, or on the one-arm and you could wager a full week’s wages in less than an hour, but if you want to use your whit your skill and your ability to play poker against other like-minded people unless you go to a casino, every time you open the cards and place more than your £5 or £10 on the table you are immediately breaking the law.
It always gets mentioned but I will repeat it for the sake of this article “How come we always see the same faces at the final tables” Daniel Negreanu has just proven this with his second final table at the WSOPE in 2 years and the same with 2008 WSOP runner up Ivan Demidov reaching the final table of both the WSOP & WSOPE in the space of a few months, Dennis Phillips last years final table appearance at the WSOP and a great deep run at this year’s event. These people are not lucky yes they have had to catch a few lucky cards here and there and win a few coin flips along the way but they are skillful at what they do and keep doing so well through their knowledge and understanding of the game not by pure luck.