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How Did Poker Get So Popular?

Old 01-05-05, 07:11 PM
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When did Poker become this big celebrity sport?! And a spectator sport?! Poker has been around forever, so why all the visibility all of a sudden? I don't get it.
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the WSOP on tv, the availability of online games, celebridy (how the fuck do you spell that) interest, and more cardrooms!

why are you posting that in this thread.
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thats a cool feature pig.

now quit sandbagging and play in the challenge!
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I think the first time I watched & paid attention to poker was when Carlos Mortenson won the WSOP. The one that really got me into it was seeing Moneymaker and Farha battle it out. I dunno, it was great to watch Sammy and I just got into it.
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Old 01-06-05, 03:07 AM
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Old 01-06-05, 08:21 AM
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Actually the question should be, how long will poker retain it's current popularity?

Is it just a popular fad?
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Old 01-06-05, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Nazgul
Is it just a popular fad?
Yes.

In California, fer instance, pro-gambling initiatives were crushed, thanks to the lie spread by the opposition that there would be more cardrooms.

I believe internet play has already peaked. As the number of net players decline, the number of internet entries to major events (e.g., WPT) will be reduced accordingly.

But to answer the originally trolled question: Moneymaker. Ask any non-player to name last year's WSoP winner...
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Old 01-06-05, 09:39 AM
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I think the hole card cameras are to blame.
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wiz, what were the pro-gambling initiatives? and why would they not lead to more cardrooms? thanks.
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Old 01-06-05, 11:54 AM
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I think it'll stay somewhat popular for a while, but do think it's reached it's peak.

EVERY STORE I passed in the mall Christmas shopping this year had Poker "this", and Texas holdem "that". Even places like Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy's, etc had to start selling these "starter sets".
Can't believe next Christmas it'll be the same.
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Old 01-06-05, 05:28 PM
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The initiatives basically were to allow slot machines at cardrooms and racetracks. (That's the simple version.)

The heavily-funded anti-gambling folks claimed it would create 16 new casinos near schools and whatnot. That lie was also supported by the Governator. Fact is, we have – guess what – 16 places to gamble, including cardrooms (e.g., The Bike, Commerce) and racetracks, not counting Indian properties. No more would be created by the measures.

There was never a mention of forming a River City Boy’s Band...
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Old 01-06-05, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
I think the hole card cameras are to blame.
You know what, there's truth to this.

I was watching an old school WSOP event (1993 or so) and without the hole cameras (along with the shitty editing -- it looked like a high school AV club filmed it), I couldn't stomach more than 5 min of it.
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Yeah, the hole card cams make a world of difference.
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