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Cherry Poker Confit5 May 2006
Yes or no, would video poker on a machine be considered a true "draw" poker game? Larry L.
Elitists of table poker would say, NO WAY. But look at it this way, Larry: video poker is one player against a machine that displays the player's cards as graphic images on a screen; the player still has to place a stake, is dealt five cards from a standard 52-card deck, and has an opportunity to discard any number of unwanted cards, and to "draw" an equal number of replacement cards from the deck.
Many I have debated in the past have dissected the word "draw" to suit their argument, yet in both table draw poker and video draw poker, there is a second round of cards during the hand where you are allowed to discard some of your cards, and draw more cards with the hope of improving your hand.
As for me, a connoisseur of any kind of poker, I swallow yes, demi-glace with the finest Traverse City dried cherries, red wine and shallots. If it looks, walks and quacks like duck, it must be a duck, even if your opponent is a cybernetic one-armed bandit and not a big mouth mortal who happens to have bad breath.
Even though Nevada is called the "Silver State," Ralph, you're not allowed to Sunday-walk the joint silver mining. The practice of treasure hunting for orphan coins, credits on a slot machine, or even coins on the floor is illegal.
Gamblers who forget (there's a lesson here) their stored credits or loose coins in the tray are effectively donating them to the casino. Such goodies are not considered coinage for those with keen eyes circumnavigating the casino floor to rescue someone else's poor left-behind moolah.
How's that old saying go, Jack, "the only stupid question is the one not asked." Gambling questions of any kind are no exception, at least here, that is. Anyhow, an up card is the face-up card the dealer deals himself at the opening of a hand of blackjack.
Dealers deal their own opening hands with one card face-up and one card face-down. The card dealt face-up is the dealer's "up" card, and the card that is dealt face-down is said to be the dealer's "hole card."
Gambling Wisdom of the Week: I've often thought, if I got really hungry
for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred
dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that's not worth it. But I'm not going to
say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that's what you want.
So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game,
that is his privilege. -- Jack Binion
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