Poker: Art and Reality

What is the incomparable appeal of this game? Why are so many movies, books and songs about poker and why have poker terms become part of our vocabulary – poker face, paid poker, bluff…?
One of the many real answers is Kenny Rogers’ song “The Gambler”:

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser

On the one hand, the many different variants, such as Stud, Hold èm and Draw Poker on the other hand, unlike games like chess or Go, where chance doesn’t matter, or Backgammon, where the throws of some very lucky opponents can still turn a game they think they have won, the player always has the possibility to bluff each hand to win a hand.

Cool Hand Luke & the Bluff

The film “Der Unbeugame”, where the incomparable Paul Newmann shines like “Cool Hand Luke” and returns with “nothing”, is one of the best known and best film scenes on the theme of bluff.

Cincinnati Kid & Stud Poker

In the movie Cincinnati Kid, we play poker “Five card stud”.
In the Stud variants, a player receives cards face down and face up, which are always his hand. In future blogs, we will go into more detail on the different ways to play the game and give you an understanding of the following variations:

  • Five-card stud
  • Seven-card stud
  • raid

About the film: Eric “Cincinnati Kid” Stoner (Steve McQueen) is considered the best poker player in New Orleans in the 1930s. He is doing everything he can to face old champion Lancey Howard (Edward G. Robinson), but he shows no interest in playing against the young challenger. Eventually, however, Cincinnati Shooter’s friend (Karl Malden) managed to attract Howard to the poker table for an extremely lucrative game against Cincinnati Kid. The shooter is hired as a dealer. An exciting poker session develops, which ultimately leads to a clash of generations. Cincinnati Kid also captivates spectators who have little to do with poker: For more than 30 minutes, opponents just sit at a table and play cards. But instead of boredom, the film triggers a back-and-forth action and reaction. It’s bluffing, playing, teasing and cheating. And then there are the looks that the players exchange: always for a few seconds, the mutual evaluation. An exciting poker session that finally leads to a clash of generations. Young versus old – on which player do you bet on?

The Nail & Draw Poker

George Roy Hill’s 1973 fantasy gangster comedy tells the story of scammer Henry Gondorff, played by ingenious Paul Newman, who, with his protégé Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford), on a train trip from New York to Chicago in the 1930s, gets gangster leader Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) in the ear by getting drunk. This film is rightly considered one of the most successful of its kind. The large scene of the poker game on the train shows aspects of the psychological “war” in poker.

Draw poker is probably the most popular form of the game. In countless Wild West movies, Draw Poker is played at the living room tables. The name Dead Man’s Hand (Two Pairs of Aces and Eights) goes back to Wild Bill Hickok, who was killed with this hand in hand.

In random draw poker, the player receives all his cards face down and can exchange them.

Coming soon on blog:

Drawing of five cards

triple draw


Casino Royale & Hold em Poker

James Bond (Daniel Craig), a well-deserved English double-zero agent, is set by MI6 on LeChiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a possessed and ingenious poker player who has to win money for terrorist activities in Montenegro’s “Casino Royale”, which gives him the title, because otherwise he himself will get his ass kicked. Bond’s mission: To defeat LeChiffre in the game in order to put him under pressure. In the well-known poker scene Texas Hold èm is played and the duel between good and evil in the head’s up of the opponents is finished.

In Hold ’em Poker, players are dealt face down cards. Then cards are placed face up on the table (the board) that count for all players. The best combination of a player’s face down cards and the board (there are different rules for this) is scored. It may be that the board is the best card combination and for all players => splitpot counts.

Due to the great importance of this game we will soon

  • Omaha Hold èm
  • Texas Hold ’em in more detail.

Internet poker has established Texas Hold èm as the most frequently played poker variation. Not only in the net but also in the private circle and in the casinos.

Bet Raise Fold & The Story of Online Poker

The films so far have all dealt with the “classic” poker at the table.

Chris Moneymaker’s 25 million victory at the WSOP Main Event in 2003, which qualified online at PokerStars for $39, triggered the poker boom. Exactly at this point the film starts and shows, which effects the victory of Moneymaker had on the Pokerszene. In addition also the generation of the Poker players is presented, which developed from it.

In the following Blogs on Casino we deal with the pros and cons of the variants, look at the limit possibilities (e.g.: No limit or Pot limit) and the strategic and tactical variants resulting from it. I would also like to share with you some of my thoughts on the basic differences between tournament and cash game.

Until then, the extended offer at Casino will be used and remains curious.