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It’s a Communal Thing

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Dec 26, 2012

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Poker players come from all walks of life. The game is played around the globe and its players are as varied as the human race. I’ve met some great people at the poker table. Then again, I’ve met others I wish I’d never encountered. Over the years I’ve played with all sorts of characters, from murderers to major company CEOs, the incredibly rich and talented to the mentally ill compulsive gambler, and of course, those who hustle them all. The game of poker is a great equalizer, only skill and luck separate the players. Who you are and where you came from matters nothing to the cards. People play poker for various reasons. Some enjoy the challenge, wanting to become king of their hill, if only for a day or two. This psychological need is much stronger (and more destructive) in a small number of other players. They need to ...


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