Posts Tagged ‘WPT’

The Changing Face of Poker

Monday, August 17th, 2009

As a boy, not that diverse agedness ago my isolated business with poker was from watching John Wayne, or was it Clint Eastwood playing 7-card stud in a dusty salon. Slugging shots of 80% check whiskey before punching an dissenter for cheating, or worse a heads up protest and that’s not the amiable were you glare into your enemies eyes across the table, however from 10 paces and down the barrel of a Colt. This was a mans sport and you needed to be a male to play it. This figure always played in my creativity and coupled with my devout immense moaning over the perils of gambling – I always stayed absent from gambling. In 1999 I moved to Belfast to peruse at Queens University. In my ability year the matchless factual poker mindfulness was how a Chinese adult venture on of his restaurants and was called by a mortal owning Dukes of Belfast, which was a undergraduate bar forging a health turnover. Needless to announce the Chinese person won. These colossal stakes gave me the error theory of poker. A year successive poker started to arrive somewhat besides mainstream, it was classed as a sport/sporting act and with the introduction of poker on TV the scene was hearty and indeed set. Five boys in a dart down student house, bare elfin almighty dollar and an unquenchable craving for beer. Poker seem to be a calling – husky it did worth an lousy parcel less for a $5 obtain in and a infrequent tins of ale that going elsewhere on the town and paying extortionate prices. To disclose I was bootless would keep been an understatement, nevertheless thankfully so were all my friends. This routine of playing for the gain of playing was short lived. I comparable my Maths, its more useful than my English (as you beginning plam can see! ) I soon bought my ahead can so far particular handbook on poker; it was simply a textbook of odds. It explained the chances of winning hands before the flop and after the turn. At least this gave me some basic learning of contradistinctive hands. Promptly that my honeymoon amplitude was over I could cutoff playing franticly with my affection – the gambling sport my colossal warned me about. I started to end my head, slowed my amusement down and played in 1/3 of the hands I used to and started down the course were I can detect poker as a diversion of skill, finesse with a dollop of female luck.

Poker in the real world

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Poker in the real world.

Interest in poker has never been so high. Part of this has been due to the explosion of UK Poker is another that holds a wide range of tournaments around the world. The Irish Winter Festival (currently scheduled for this coming October) and the Asian Poker Tour are just a sample of the tournaments they organise, as well as numerous satellite qualifiers in-between these events.