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Sunday, August 5, 2007


I was in the Stratosphere poker room today and couldn’t help thinking how things have changed in such a short time. Not too many years ago, if you saw someone under 50 in a poker room he was lost. It was always a fight for the poker room manager to convince the casino manager to keep the room open with attendance dicey at best. You needed shills or proposition players just to start a game. And Seven Card Stud was the bread-and-butter game in all poker rooms.

If you’re under 50, I probably lost you in the first paragraph. It’s likely you don’t know what shills or prop. players are, either, as few rooms use them anymore. Now there are waiting lines to get in a game and the casino manager is the poker room manager’s friend. (At least he’s usually not the enemy.) The big turnaround came with the popularity of Internet gambling and Texas Holdem that's creating an army of new players = $$$$$$ for the casino.

Now there’s a tournament called HORSE. If you know what it means, email the answer below under comments. I’ll post the answer Tuesday, August 7.


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