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How many of you knew that William Shakespeare played poker? Come on, hands up...No?

Well neither did I, but tell me this - who else but a poker player could ever come up with a phrase like the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" except for another addict. Doesn't this encapsulate the very essence of the game in one short, pithy phrase?

Of course in those days it was a much purer form of the game, a sort of organic poker played only by gentleman and unsullied by hordes of professionals and internet types which infest the noble art today. Then, if you raised, you were expected to have knaves or better and outright bluffs were unheard of. A gentleman simply didn't do that sort of thing. Naturally this didn't prevent the suicide brigade from staying in until the river and hitting miracle cards to win the pot. Some things never change but the etiquette of modern times has undoubtedly evolved, producing a cruder and more proletarian version of the game. Perhaps we should start a protest movement to change things back to the way they were. If beer drinkers can have their Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) maybe we can have a Campaign for Real Alternative Poker (CRAP).

Keep Raising, Verily

The Viper


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