Pub-Club Poker Gambling Restrictions

Ok so you go to your local pub go to the bar order your favorite tipple and take a seat in front of the TV which is currently showing live horse racing.You turn around to see who else is there before settling down to have 5 mins with the news paper,
On looking around you notice four men in the corner of the room with more than £40 on the pool table as they are playing for £10 a man per frame.In the opposite corner you see four similar looking men sat around a piece of green cloth with what looks like connect4 coins in front of them and on the ledge under the table you notice a glass with the same £40 in it.You stroll over to see the four men playing cards as pool does not interest you and you are not very good at it and they must 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 join as “This looks easy it’s all luck not like the pool where you need to be able to play”.Within 5 minutes of sitting down you are already reaching into your pocket to get out another £5 as you have already been 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 all the time”But did he?? Or was he using the same type of skill that was needed by the pool players to win their money?This is the underlying question isn’t it?I have been playing poker now in league’s casino’s and home games for over 4 years and the amount of people 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 best cards” is unbelievable.In my opinion these are the 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 pay out for Pub’s & £10 in 24 hours with a maximum of £250 pay out for private members clubs, what a joke.If you were playing pool, bingo, the tote or on the one arm bandit you could wager a full weeks wages in less than an hour, but if you want to use your whit your skill and your ability to play poker against other like minded people unless you 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 will repeat it for the sake of this article “How come we always see the same faces at the final tables” Daniel Negranu has just proven this with his second final table at the WSOPE in 2 years and the same with 2008 WSOP runner up Ivan Demidov reaching the final table of both the WSOP & WSOPE in the space of a few months, Dennis Phillips last years final table appearance at the WSOP and a great deep run at this years event. These people are 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 understanding of the game not by pure luck.I think that the government really need to look at 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 any other sport or game. And the restrictions should be raised to allow a better standard of play throughout the poker playing community without having to break the bank or the law.How about our MPs looking at raising the stakes not to silly amounts but to a reasonable price where players will take it more serious and a higher standard of play will be reached along the way.The amount of people who do well at pub leagues but then completely bust out when going to the casino is due to the massive gulf in the standard of play.We need to look at getting the Games raised to a min on £20 per 24 hours with a max pay out of £500 for pubs and £35 and a max pay out of £750 for private members clubs.Any Political party who take this line during the upcoming elections will surely be getting my vote.
And I hope that all players within the UK poker community will join me.

Poker Alice – The First Great Female Poker Player

Poker was a popular pastime in the days of the Wild West, and Hollywood pays homage to this sport in many films that either revolve around poker or feature it in one of its scenes. What Hollywood doesn’t tell you is that not all the poker players were men. Sure, it was a macho society where gambling was almost a “man’s job”, but there were a few women ahead of their time who actually played it professionally.One of the most famous female poker players in the 1880s was Poker Alice. She was a smart, independent, and colorful woman who refused to let stereotypes keep her from meeting the men on the table as equals-something denied to most frontier women. Despite this prejudice, Poker Alice outplayed several of the “tough” men who would laugh at her whenever she asked to join a game, bringing home about $225,000 in her sixty-year career.Poker Alice was born in England in 1851. Her real name was Alice Ivers. When she was three years old, her parents decided to migrate to America and it was there that she discovered poker.Alice’s father was a schoolmaster, and her mother raised her to be the “prim” and “proper” lady. She studied in a fashionable women’s seminary, and when she was 20 years old, she did the “respectable” thing and married a wealthy and educated mining engineer, Frank Duffield.Duffield was an avid poker player, and Alice dutifully accompanied him on his games. She learned to play. Then, the couple moved to Leadville (the largest and most lawless mining town in Colorado). Tragically, her husband was killed in a mining accident, and she had no way of returning home-and no job to support herself. So she put her mind gambling skills to use, and became known all over Colorado not only for her delicate beauty but her incredible poker skills. She defied all stereotypes by wearing gorgeously feminine dresses while puffing on a cigar, and though she was a master at bluffing and could outwit (and outswear) the best of them, she refused to gamble on Sundays. Alice’s motto was, “Praise the Lord and place your bets. I’ll take your money with no regrets.”Alice’s fame spread from Colorado to across the country, and America was a-buzz with talk of the “beautiful lady gambler”. Gambling halls scrambled to invite her to play at their salons, knowing people would flock to be able to see, meet or even play against her.Alice’s reputation was well deserved. In Silver City, New Mexico, she set the record at the Gold Dust Gambling House winning $6,000 in one evening.Bob Ford (the killer of Jesse James) hired her to work as a dealer in his tent saloon. Alice happily returned to a quieter life, marrying another dealer W. G. Tubbs. Unfortunately, he died of pneumonia in the middle of a blizzard, and she drove his body for 50 miles in harsh weather conditions just to give him a decent burial.Alice went back to gambling, and opened a roadhouse she called “Poker’s Palace”. She was already 70 years old, but she was still sprightly, even shooting a Calvary trooper in self-defense. “At my age I suppose I should be knitting,” she’d say, “But I would rather play poker with five or six ‘experts’ than eat.”Poker Alice was a legend. She died in 1930 at the age of 80.