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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-15-2004, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Any poker players?

Frustrating. A local bar recently started having weekly Texas Hold 'em tournaments. 50 players, a $25 entry fee, playing for play money chips, and cash prizes awarded to the top 5 players.

I just recently found out about them and only went to 2 so far, but they have been very popular. There was supposed to be one tonight and the bar informed us that they were shut down by the police because it's illegal gambling.

What a bunch of crap!

Let's see, you can enter a bowling tournament for a $25 fee, and cash prizes are given out to the winners. How come those aren't shut down? What about dart tournaments? Pool tournaments? They all work the same. There is no money changing hands over the tables. That's NOT gambling.

Me and a couple of my friends found something to do on a Monday night here and now it's been taken away. Obviously the cops don't have anything better to do around here.

I don't care for the online poker rooms. In the play money rooms everybody bets like an idiot because they have nothing to lose and all the chips they want, and I just don't trust the real money games. A co-worker of mine plays those and he says that you see a lot of big hands that seldom ever come up in a REAL poker game. You can never know who is behind the scenes controlling the cards.

I guess it's back to watching TV on Monday nights.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 09:34 AM
 
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that's when you organize the big tournaments on your own and invite over a few "official" friends to play...
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 10:21 AM
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speaking of that - yahoo games has a texas hold 'em section. We should all go on and create own game sometime to play against each other.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 10:23 AM
 
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count me in on that!
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I live a half mile from a casino
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 01:58 PM
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My husband is hosting a poker party at our house on Friday night. Just his brothers and a few friends from work. I wouldn't be playing since I don't know how. Of course, poker players probably love ameuters who don't know what they are doing.
For what it's worth I agree it's rediculous for the cops to shut down something like that. Go catch some real criminals!!
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 04:27 PM
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Ive never played in real life, but from playing online ive learnt how to play texas hold'em and 5 card draw/double draw.
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I don't buy lottery tickets because I think that is real gambling. It does a lot of good for the elderly, though. The only thing I have ever had against gambling is that some people become addicted and take the food out of their children's mouths to gamble.

Our best friends and my husband and I played pinochle once a week, and then usually played poker for pennies--dealer's choice. I couldn't win at all, so it's a good thing we gave all the money back to each other! I would be an absolute delight if I ever played at Las Vegas.

That said, I have been watching Texas Holdem poker on the Travel Channel every Wed. night! My opinion has changed somewhat. It's a skill, and, although luck plays a part, it's obvious that there is skill involved. So, this "prude" is beginning to think that it is like entering your dog in a show or the bowling tournament that was mentioned, and certainly less of a gamble, which BINGO certainly is. I admit that we often play bingo for prizes at birthday parties. I buy all the gifts; noone has to pay, but we have been known to play a coverall at the end for 10 cents each. (Hey, big spender!!) OK, you can turn me in now. I'll see you when I get out of the big house!!!

When we played poker with our friends, I played a real ladies' game, 7 card stud, blind, with deuces or Murphys (five and ten) wild. The men just groaned! I think I'll go hunt that Texas hold 'em free game. I'm not about to pay money. I can't even win at Blackjack..... I do worry about those who get addicted, though.




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Yes I watch (actually record) WPT every Wed night. It takes 2 hours to watch live and about 45 minutes if you skip the commercials and player profiles.

Believe it or not, the first night I played in the Hold'em tournament I was dealt "pocket aces" (the best hand possible-the hand that all players dream of getting dealt) twice. I lost BOTH times. Talk about just plain poor luck. I don't know if I've ever seen anyone get outdrawn with pocket aces on TV.

I guess I won't have to be worrying about that anyway. We have a monster tribal casino about 2 miles from me but they don't have actual poker tables and I learned long ago that people with my kind of luck shouldn't play blackjack. I've seen more 20's and 21's that I can remember (all in the DEALER'S hand of course)
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Well, Richo, would you like to join us on Friday nights and play dealer's cnoice. We give back the pennies. It sounds as if you have my kind of luck!




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