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What Happened to Poker?
Why doesn't anyone play the old poker games we grew up with?
It used to be so much fun. You'd gather around with your friends. One guy would always play Baseball (3's and 9's wild, and a 4 got you another card).
Someone else would call "7 Card No Peakie" and someone that wasn't paying attention lifted up their cards, and we had to re-deal. Then another guy would complain, because he had a great hand, and didn't want to re-deal.
Another person would pick a game where Kings are wild, and the lowest card in your hand. So, you think you're sitting pretty with a full house, only to find that 3 other guys at the table all have 4 of a kind.
Now, everyone watches the tournaments on TV. And all they want to do is have tournaments in their living room, with Texas Hold 'Em. Which, to me, isn't even that much fun. You're basically betting on your first two cards. And so many people have weird ways of betting, it takes the fun out of it.
One guy will stay in all the time (until he runs out of chips). Another one folds all the time, and wonders why he never wins.
The original poker games...5 Card Draw, 7 Card Stud, Low Ball...you actually had some strategy. And you could bluff.
I just played poker tonight with a bunch of friends, after all the football games. Luckily, it was old school, with all those games we love.
And, it made me not even mind that I lost a few bucks.