Those were the days, when poker was played in real brick and mortar poker rooms,
on real tables and with real people seated all around you. The atmosphere was
tension itself, especially in those high rolling games, and the people were all
(well, almost) full of genial charm and smiles as they artfully covered their
real intentions. And poker cheats, well, poker cheats were found out and shot
dead most of the time.
So alright, this might not be exactly true, but I have to confess that I do like
my Westerns and grew up with the likes of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood as my
I do have to say that I liked it when the desperate little weasel – he was
always a desperate little man with bad dental hygiene – would look greedily at
the pot on the table and smile to himself because he knew that he was going to
get away with his scam.
Of course this never happened. Since this was Hollywood the good guys had to
triumph and so the little weasel never saw a penny of the pot and most likely
would eat a bullet to boot. In Hollywood poker cheats never triumphed, at least
not in those days.
Not that I am advocating this sort of action you understand, it just made for
much better story. Just think about it, what if online poker had been around
when all those great movies had been made, what would have happened?
“Hey, you, GrY546, I know that you have a card held up your sleeve – I just
can’t prove it because I’m half a continent away and can’t really see you
anyway. Besides, now that I come to think of it why would you need a card up
Can you just see how that would have played out? Disgraceful, I tell you! Poker
cheats of the silver screen beware!
Or would an entire generation of people have even bothered to learn to play
poker if Matt Damon had been playing in online games in “Rounders”? And let’s
face it, would the recent James Bond flick, “Casino Royale”, have been the same
if Bond had been playing online? Seriously, what has the world come to, I ask
you, when people are playing poker in their bathrobes and slippers?
Poker cheats and the silver screen aside, you must admit that it is a sad thing
indeed to imagine that one day we will all be playing on anonymous computer
screens in the luxury of our own homes without that essential piece of social
interaction which makes poker what it is. Food for thought really.
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