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Oct 29th

Overplaying the skill card

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I recently wrote something that the folks over at Inside Poker Business decided to publish. This is a placeholder for any questions or comments regarding that piece.
You can read it here:

Forget skill, remember the drama

Shame they edited out some of the more flamboyant language. It’s dried up the piece somehwat. But oh well. I just can’t see when I will ever have the opportunity  to put “tin foil hat” to good use again.  ;-)

  1. Charlie River
    November 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Kim, you make some good points but I disagree with your conclusion. Marketing poker as a lotttery is a terrible idea! =)

    See my blog “Overplaying the Rake Card” if you like.

  2. Kim
    November 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Read the blog post Charlie. You bring up a lot of valid points that are on backlog of topics I want to cover.

    But I can actually respond to your point about rake being the reason people lose in poker – not the game mechanics – by pointing to one of the first posts I wrote about the Price of Poker.

    Rake is not losing. Rake is paying. Rake is sharing with the house when I win a pot. There is a fundamental psychological difference between paying and losing. Paying doesn’t make me feel like a sucker. Especially not when the only times I pay is when I win. Losing, however, when losing is presented as a result of imcompetence can make me feel like a sucker.

    Now since sites fail in presenting the price of poker in the good way, it is no wonder losing and paying has been completely mixed up. But they shouldn’t be.

    As to what blame rake plays in ">making people lose neutralising player winnings, I will have to comment on that in a later post. I can just say this, poker is a zero sum game in one aspect, but in another it isn’t, because as you say, money leaks out of the game. But not only through rake. Also through cashed out winnings.

    Lastly, while I do make the comparison to a lottery in the end, I’m not sure poker should be sold as a lottery. It should be sold as a game with a lot of drama in it – something few (if any) lottery games can match. That’s the primary point I think.

    Love your comments. Insightful and challenging. I’ll put your blog on the blogroll. Whatever that’s worth.

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