Poker is a world filled with people that interact with each other while playing a game of skill with a deck of cards, and it usually involves a wager. One of my favorite lines – yes, you can quote me on that – is “Poker is a game of people played with cards” and the object is to finish with the most chips at the end of a long line of poker hands that get played out over one’s lifetime. Poker has its own standards, its own rules of etiquette, rules designed to protect players and the game, and can be played with two or more players any time they pull up a chair. P-s-s-s-s-t: It’s not a single player game. Two players can face off in heads-up play or up to 10 players can take a seat in casino poker rooms and the game runs until the last chip is won or exhaustion sets in and everyone goes home.
The beauty of poker is it’s eternal; non-stop, cards in the air, games are running somewhere in the world 24 hours a day, and as long as you have a buy in and are of legal age to gamble, you can take a seat. Think about that one; it’s the biggest social event the world has ever known! You have the opportunity to rub elbows with the people you see in movies and on TV (and even become a poker TV star yourself), politicians, doctors, lawyers, judges, school teachers, garage mechanics, porn stars (yeah, they play poker too), the media, housewives, street people, millionaires, grinders, rocket scientists, you and me — the list could go on forever but just kick back and open your mind…you get the picture…it’s the biggest melting pot in the world.
When you take a seat in a poker game, you just opened the door to meeting people from around the world; some have fascinating lifestyles, varying political and religious views, different social levels and skills, and you can take center stage by storming the game and winning chips, or crying about your beats, or telling tales that keep everyone fascinated.
Poker has no beginning or end. Everyone that gets involved in poker is responsible for the game – and for the impact it has on their life.
And that is how I set the stage to begin The View from the Box! The Box is the dealer’s chair. Having spent a number of years in The Box, the player’s seat, poker room management, and interacting with players that come to play just to have fun and those that come to play to make a living, I am fully qualified to bring you The View from the Box.
It is my plan to write about everything. Keep in mind that The View from the Box is my view unless otherwise stated in the article. If you feel I’m writing about you, without using your name, get over yourself – there are a million of you out there that do the same thing when they play poker. Besides, this isn’t going to be a finger-pointing series, it’s going to be fun and informative, and may give you a look at a part of poker that you can never witness from any other seat in the house.
I am soliciting dealers to join me in this great adventure of writing a history of poker from the dealer’s side of the table. A brief sketch of the details are listed in Table Tango, (my blog) in this post, if you would like to find out more information. I would love to share comments from readers but at this time there is no convenient system installed at PokerWorks to handle this. Send me an email – geenen(at)pokerworks.com — if you want to be one of the contributors to this section, and in the meantime, I’ll work at finding a way to enable a comment section.
Check back, I’ll take you on a trip through poker that’s unique and can give you a whole new perspective of what it takes to sit with a deck hardwired into your hand.