Poker Bad Boys Take VegasThe Hendon Mob are taking no prisoners at the first stop on their Prima Poker World Poker Tour. Team members Ram ‘CrazyHorse’ Vaswani, Joe ‘The Elegance’ Beevers and Barmy Barny Boatman came in 1st, 4th and 5th respectively on Sunday’s $500 Pot Limit Omaha at the Four Queens Poker Classic in Las Vegas.
“It was a short field today but probably the toughest so far. The big boys have arrived. Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton and An Tran to name but a few. They were all at Barny’s table but that didn’t hinder my big brother who turned $1,000 into $11,000 in the first hour and a half. He clashed with Scotty in a huge pot. They both had aces and all the chips went in on the flop when Scotty check raised Barny. Barny flopped the nut flush draw and paired one of his other cards. Free-rolling with 14 outs Barny was unlucky to split the pot,” according to Mobster Ross Boatman.
But more important than the money was the affirmation that The Mob are as furiously competitive amongst themselves as they are against ‘civilian’ players. “Ram knocked out Barny and then Joe,” commented Ross. ” Three left Scotty, ‘Walking’ Bob and Ram ‘CrazyHorse’ Vaswani. “We couldn’t expect Ram to do all the work and after delivering Scotty a fatal blow Bob finished him off.
The final two played cat and mouse for what seemed like an age but Bob was no match for the Horse. Ram found aces double suited re-raising Bob before the flop and when they both flopped a flush draw the mouse was caught in the trap.” The final result, a combined $26,480 win for the bad boys.
Tournament Results – Sunday September 28th:
1st Ram ‘CrazyHorse’ Vaswani (Hendon) $19,860
2nd Bob Walker (Las Vegas) $11,035
3rd Scotty Nguyen (Henderson, Nevada) $6.620
4th Joe The Elegance’ Beevers (Hendon) $4,415
5th Barmy Barny Boatman (Hendon) $2,205
6th Paul Sherr (Phoenix, Arizona) Bubble
Does Anyone Know Where Poker Came From?
No matter where poker originated it is now the most popular card game in the world.
As is the case with most forms of gambling, there is no definitive period in which the game of poker evolved. More than likely poker is a compilation of several different elements of games collected from a number of various cultures. These games include the German “pochspiel,” Persian “as nas,” and the French “poque.”
In the German game of pochspiel there is a Unique Casino rudimentary form of bluffing, which could have contributed to the widespread use of the “poker face” today. Bluffing was utilized by pochspiel players to indicate whether or not they wanted to pass or open by tapping on the table and announcing, “Ich Poche!”
Dating back to the seventeenth century, the Persian game of as nas is a five player card game. Played with a special deck consisting of 25 cards and five suits, as nas may have also contributed to poker as we know it today.
Another possibility involves a French card game known as poque, which was played as early as 1480. Incorporating variations of both bluffing and betting, poque is thought to be the very first card game to use a deck comprised of clubs, spades, diamonds, and hearts.
Whether the game of poker originated in Germany, France, Persia or elsewhere one thing is certain. Poker is played more than any other card game in the world. In fact, poker competitions and tournaments are played every week of the year somewhere in the world. The most widely noted of which is the World Series of Poker held annually at Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas, Nevada. This poker tournament attracts the world’s top poker players who compete not only for money but prestige.