Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Pub-Club Poker Gambling Restrictions

Ok, so you go to your local pub go to the bar order your preferred tipple and have a seat facing the TV which can be currently showing live horse racing.

You change to see who else can there be before settling down to have 5 mins with the newspaper,
On looking around you observe four men in the corner of the area with an increase of 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 piece of green cloth with what appears like connect4 coins facing them, and on the ledge under the table you observe a glass with the exact same £40 in it.

You stroll over to begin to see the four men playing cards whilst the pool does not interest you and you're of low quality at it and they should 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 participate as "This looks easy it's all luck in contrast to the pool where you'll need to be able to play" ;.

Within 5 minutes of sitting down, you're already reaching into your pocket to have out another £5 as you've been already 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 most of the time"

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

This is actually the underlying question isn't it?

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

For me they are the exact 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 shell out for Pub's & £10 in 24 hours with a maximum of £250 shell out for private members clubs, just what a joke

If you were playing pool, bingo, the tote or on the one arm bandit you might wager the full weeks wages in under one hour, but if you want to use your whit your skill and your power 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'll repeat it for the sake of this information "Why we always see the exact 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 exact same with 2008 WSOP runner up Ivan Demidov reaching the ultimate table of both the WSOP & WSOPE in the space of a couple of months, Dennis Phillips last years final table appearance at the WSOP and a good deep run only at that years event. These people are not lucky yes they've had to catch several lucky cards here and there and win several 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 genuinely believe that the government should look at this and so long as the games are run fairly and league nights are run honestly and openly then poker should be treated as just as much as a casino game of skill as every other sport or game. And the restrictions should be raised to allow an improved standard of play through the poker playing community without having to break the financial institution or the law.

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

The total amount of people who excel at pub leagues but then completely bust out when going to the casino is because of the massive gulf in the conventional of play.

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

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