Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Pub-Club Poker Gambling Restrictions

Ok, so you visit the local pub visit the bar order your preferred tipple and have a seat before the TV that is currently showing live horse racing.

You turn around to see who else will there be before settling down to possess 5 mins with the newspaper,
On looking around you find four men in the corner of the room with an increase of than £40 on the pool table as they are playing for £10 a person per frame

In the opposite corner, you see four similar-looking men sat around a piece of green cloth in what seems like connect4 coins before them, and on the ledge under the table you find a glass with exactly the same £40 in it.

You stroll over to begin to see the four men playing cards since the pool does not interest you and you are not very good at it and they should 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 become listed on as "This looks easy it's all luck in contrast to the pool where you will need to manage to play" ;.

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

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

Here is 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 quantity of individuals who don't play or understand poker have uttered the immortal words "I could beat you at poker it's easy its all about who has the most effective cards" is unbelievable.

In my opinion they are exactly the same individuals who write the laws on Public House / Private member Club Poker Gambling restrictions.
£5 in 24 hours per player with a maximum of £100 spend for Pub's & £10 in 24 hours with a maximum of £250 spend for private members clubs, just what a joke

If you had been playing pool, bingo, the tote or on usually the one arm bandit you could wager a full weeks wages within just 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 don't 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'll repeat it for the sake of this article "Why we always see exactly 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 exactly the same with 2008 WSOP runner up Ivan Demidov reaching the last table of the WSOP & WSOPE in the room of a few 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 have had to catch a few lucky cards here and there and win a few coin flips along the way but they are skilful at what they do and keep doing so well through there knowledge and comprehension of the game not by pure luck.

I believe that the government really need to understand this and as 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 game of skill as some other sport or game. And the restrictions should be raised to allow an improved standard of play throughout the poker playing community and never having to break the lender or the law.

Think about our MPs considering raising the stakes never to silly amounts but to a fair price where players will bring it much more serious and a greater standard of play is going to be reached along the way.

The amount of individuals who prosper at pub leagues but then completely bust out when planning to the casino is as a result of massive gulf in the typical of play.

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

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