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by Tony Moores
What does Poker have to do with Eevee Life, you may ponder!
The answer is that over the past few years, we have seen the game become socially acceptable to the general public and is now totally main-stream, with plenty of big tournaments screened on TV.
Gone are the days where you could only play in a casino, or some dank musky smoke filled backroom, where a whiff of Old Spice would be a welcome release to your sinuses.
Taking Cheshire as a prime example, we have seen Pub Poker nights (led by the Nuts Poker brand), attracting a wide range of players, new / experienced, young / old and male / female. The welcome addition of the ladies, have vastly approved the levels of odours generated in the rooms (apart from the odd exception – yes, you know who you are!).
They regularly get together to pit their wits and plenty of great friendships have forged and Nuts Poker League can even claim to be more successful than the majority of dating sites, with a number of romances developing across the green felt. Of course, the competitive spirit is still there, but no longer are the men going to the toilets with a tape measure, it is now all about ‘who has the bigger kicker’ at the table.
It doesn’t stop there; the opportunities to qualify for regular events at Casino’s and the chance to win some serious cash prizes, mean a fun hobby can turn out to be a nice little earner. Back in 2010, there was an amazing breakthrough in the Poker world for one Nuts Poker Player. David Vamplew (from Scotland), took 1st place at EPT London for a cool £900,000 and proving the old adage of ‘dreams really can come true’.
But, let’s get back to the ladies. The game has grown in glamour and as a game, which is a level playing field, we now regularly see the ladies bashing up the gents. In years gone by, the only bashing you would see from a lady, would be a waitress whacking a guy with ‘gropey hands’ with a serving tray.
Liv Boeree and Victoria Coren are two prime examples raising the profile of British Poker and winning major tournaments in the process.
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Even at Nuts Poker level in Cheshire, the ladies have been impressing with a National Champion and a regional final, where two ladies ended up heads up for the title after seeing off all the men.
Pub Poker is a way to introduce yourself to the game, along with an environment that you feel at home in. Let’s also look at how the social side can help your game develop.
Poker is certainly not a team game, but having a circle of friends who support you at events, discuss strategies with, can take your game onto the next level in no time.
I can speak from experience that my game developed quickly, when I became involved in coaching friends (who I met via Nuts Poker). No longer can I hide away from a spurious reason behind a specific decision, if I am to pass on that knowledge to others. We have seen plenty of similar circles develop across the region forming close knit groups at events and swapping percentages*.
*example: 4 players swap 10% of each other in the tournament, so if player one wins the tourney for £1000, the other 3 players all receive £100, whilst they take the remaining £700. This is a popular occurrence at all levels of the game to limit variance.
Poker is a high variance game and luck plays a major part in any one tournament, so having support from the rail when you are running deep, or still having an interest in the event when your pocket Aces have been cracked in the 2nd level by the table donkey’s 74s, ensures you never feel alone.
A bit about me…
I’m a long-time card player who really caught the poker bug in 1999 when the Channel 4 programme ‘Late Night Poker’ captivated me one evening. Seeing the likes of the Hendon Mob, the Devilfish, Mad Marty and Sir Clive Sinclair mixing it up, made me seek out the nearest casino and join the online community.
Favourite Hand: 74s
Table look: Hoodie, unshaven with a Long Island Iced Tea in hand.
In coming weeks, there will be a Q&A section on this column, so if you have any Poker questions you want answering, then please drop me an email.
In the meantime, good luck at the tables and I hope you have enjoyed the first article.
Laters, Tony
Email: tony@eevee.co.uk
Interested in a game, than Eevee will show the way http://www.thenutspokerleague.com/