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and a non-promotional post: poker [Aug. 8th, 2011|12:35 pm]
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[locke61dv]
Remember there was a Texas Hold 'Em craze a few years back? (Is it still the top card game?)

This comes to mind because there's a poker night related to work. Am I going to put my job on the line in order to PLAY HARD? Even if there's nothing at stake but glory and victory? YES.

So: how does everyone feel about poker (hold 'em in specific, and gambling-based games in general). I'm curious since there are a lot of good reasons folks have to dislike such games. (For some friends of mine, the actual gambling bit is an instant turn-off.)

For me, I find that hold 'em specifically is a really balanced and engaging game, so long as the players are either (a) there is some money on the line, or (b) the players are supremely disciplined enough to act as if there was money on the line. The point is absolutely not the money itself; it is simply to enforce the right amount of conservatism towards your hand between hands so that the interesting gameplay can emerges. Then again, the "right amount of money" is extremely subjective. (When in doubt, have the minimum buy-in possible, and just knock any "high rollers" out of the game faster.) My advice to treat any buy-in as lost money, similar to if you are buying into a Magic draft or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: yeloson
2011-08-08 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much avoidant of gambling games- my dad used to play the horses and lose money all the time.

That aside, I could see playing poker with some low-value stuff on the line- candy, arcade tokens, or whatever. I guess for me the biggest draw of a game is the game play, and not so much the potential gain from it.

The other thing is just some folks get weird about money.
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[User Picture]From: 8mph_ansible
2011-08-17 12:09 am (UTC)
Haven't got a decent chance to play poker (live) with anyone for year, so I never got a chance to learn Texas Hold'em when it became some sort of popular fad in the early 2000s.

However, I do tend to enjoy a bit of gambling or wagering in my gaming every so often. This includes games often associated with gambling, such as poker, hanafuda, dice and dominoes and games not general associated with gambling like fighting games, go, strategy games, racing games, etc.

Either way money or even a bartered alternative to money doesn't always have to be on the table, but things like pride, glory, accomplishment, bragging rights and status can have a prominent enough value between parties when there's nothing else there.
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[User Picture]From: locke61dv
2011-08-17 01:42 am (UTC)
Recent poker experiences/humblings, along with some stuff I've read, has lead me to reconsider to what degree you actually need something of value to be at stake. Stuff like pride / social contract / etc might be enough for people to play and treat the chips as *if* they were valuable, I suppose. So, I've had this change of mind.
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