Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Pub-Club Poker Gambling Prohibitions

Ok, which means you head to your neighborhood pub head to the bar order your chosen tipple and take a seat facing the TV which can be currently showing live horse racing.

You turn around to see who else can there be before settling down to have 5 mins with the newspaper,
On searching you see four men in the corner of the space with an increase of than £40 on the pool table because they are playing for £10 a man per frame

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

You stroll over to begin to see the four men playing cards whilst the pool doesn't interest you and you are of low quality at it and they must be good because they are wagering £10 each.

You ask to pull up a seat at the card table and watch for approximately 5-10 minutes before asking to become listed on as "This looks easy it's all luck nothing like the pool where you'll need to be able to play" ;.

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

But did he?? Or was he utilising the same type of skill that has been needed by the pool players to win their money?

This is the underlying question isn't it?

I have 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 best cards" is unbelievable.

I think 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, what a joke

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

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

I believe the us government really need to look at this and as long as the games are run fairly and league nights are run honestly and openly then poker must be treated as just as much as a game of skill as any sport or game. And the restrictions must be raised to permit a better standard of play through the poker playing community and never having to break the bank or the law.

Think about our MPs taking a look at raising the stakes not to silly amounts but to a fair price where players will bring it more serious and a greater standard of play will be reached across the way.

The amount of individuals who prosper at pub leagues but then completely bust out when going to the casino is due to the massive gulf in the typical 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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