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2013-03-01 11:03:56 PM  
2 votes:
Casino poker would probably have a resurgence if Americans could legally play cash games on the internet.  The U.S. government should just tax it and the online feeder system will provide enough renewed interest to start filling the poker rooms.
2013-03-01 10:49:59 PM  
2 votes:
Texas Holdem isn't really poker. Two hole cards and the rest shared? It's glorified Blackjack.
2013-03-01 09:51:02 PM  
2 votes:
They could rent them out to Magic: The Gathering players.
2013-03-02 10:36:59 PM  
1 vote:
I like playing the free poker online, but never played for money online. A friend of mine is a pretty serious poker player (tracked his wins and losses for the last twenty years, cashed at the WSOP in Omaha). I went to a local card room with him and had a good time despite losing about $40. He would coach me after hands, telling me what I did wrong and how lucky I was when I won. He also has an incredible memory for hands and can play back the hands I was in better than I could. He also looks at the game differently than a beginner. It's a trip following his thought process and seeing exactly where I went wrong.

I still suck, but I like playing poker because if you play the smaller limit hold em games or play suitably tight at the small blind no-limit/pot-limit games, you can have fun and lose slower than at other forms of gambling. But yeah, the only way to win is not to play. You have to lose quite a bit, play a long time and really be a student of the game before you get good enough to make it back into the black.
2013-03-02 12:11:44 PM  
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blue_2501: Meh, speak for yourself.  I don't play as much as I used to, but that's because I don't wander into casinos as much as I used to.  If I go into a casino, there are two games I play:

Blackjack (only if there isn't any Texas Hold 'Em)
Texas Hold 'Em

There's only a few games you SHOULD be playing at a casino, since they have a 51/49 split between the dealer and yourself.  With Poker, you're playing against other players, so you can actually make money.

People who walk in to play One Arm Bandits might as well light their cash on fire.  Even Roulette is boring as hell, since it's purely a game of coin-flipping chance.

There is NO GAME you should be playing in the casinos. The only time blackjack can be favorable to the player is if the player is counting and betting heavy when the aces and faces are heavy in the deck. Poker is only winnable if you are playing against rubes and marks. In a game of equivalent poker players, the rake wins.

And the reason for the smaller poker rooms closing is because the rake can only cover the dealer/floorspace/margin if the players are betting big. $50 pots earn the casino $2.50 per hand - peanuts! So the small-time players can even be a money loser. That leaves the big casinos fighting over bankrolled players who are counting on semi-skilled marks flying into Vegas with $10k and dreams of winning it big at poker.
2013-03-02 04:18:40 AM  
1 vote:
The article suggests poker went from $68million, to $160, to about $120million. Not sure casinos are actually hurting.
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