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GROWTH AND CHANGE IN POKER

  Until recently most poker was played on kitchen tables among friends and relatives.  Often   the stakes were low enough to be trivial, and the major activity of the game was social. 

  Those games are still being played, but casino and cardroom poker has been popping up   all over the country and has essentially replaced home poker in most areas. 

  When you have a casino cardroom just down the street, you don’t need to go to the effort of   gathering seven to ten people to play for a few hours. 

  The cardroom gathers them for you. It wasn’t that long ago that the only time most of us   would have an opportunity to play poker in a legal cardroom was on a trip to Las Vegas or   a handful of other locations that had legal poker. 

  Even Atlantic City waited years before adding poker rooms to their casinos.  Now most   Americans are within a short drive of a legal cardroom.

  You aren’t playing for quarters anymore.  Even the lowest limit casino game involves more   money than the typical kitchen table game. 

  Although you might very well find your friends and neighbors at the table with you in a public cardroom, it’s not something you can depend on. Public cardrooms are public. 

  Games are usually not by invitation. Some of your opponents, and in many places most of   them, you’ll probably never see again, so the social interaction is often superficial. 

  Even if you’re used to playing for the same stakes in a friendly home game, you will find   yourself winning  less or losing more in a casino game. 

  This is not just because the games are tougher, although they are, it’s because the house   dealer is raking from $3 to $5 from each pot. 

  In a fast-paced game, as much as $ 200 per hour (it’s usually closer to $ 90) is leaving the   table rather than being circulated among the players. 

  Somebody’s going to be losing that money. Make sure that it’s not you.  This is a different kind of poker.


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