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Poker...Then and Now - Part II

Some changes over the last 30 years

by Linda Johnson |  Published: Apr 16, 2010


In my last column, I wrote about some of the amazing changes that I have seen occur in the poker industry over the last 30 years. Specifically, I wrote about the increase in the number of women playing poker, how much younger today’s players are, the fact that smoking is almost nonexistent in poker rooms in 2010, the decline in dealer and player abuse, the sheer increase in the volume of poker players, and some of the big differences in tournaments from 1980 to 2010 (better structures, deeper starting stacks, the use of tournament clocks, higher buy-in events, the introduction of the penalty system, expanded payouts, and so on). Since that column went to print, I’ve made a list of changes, concepts, procedures, and innovations that I’ve seen during my long poker career, and present them to you in this column in no specific order: • automatic shufflers • electronic ...

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