About this Event
Poker is an all-American, amazing game.
It's not pure gambling. Rather, it is a game of skill influenced by chance. It is an entertainment which teaches mathematics, calculated risk-taking, caution, patience, self-control, insight into the intentions and deceptions of others, self-insight, critical and quick thinking, deductive skills, good judgment, investment analysis, psychology, acting, stress-management, ethics, interrogation, observation, and so on. Poker games teach valuable life skills which transfer into many important contexts. Oh, and it's fun.
Does this activity belong at the Makerspace? Yes. I think of this place as three things: (i) a collective for obtaining and sharing tools, (ii) an educational institution for tinkerers and artists, and (iii) a social club. Poker is one of the traditional activities that makes country clubs worth the price of admission.
This is a beginner class. I'll be teaching basic rules and strategies for the first half-hour. Then I'll move into more advanced subjects for the next hour.
THE CASH GAME:
Makerspace members are encouraged to apply to me personally at [email protected]
for a free invite to the cash game. No more than 20 people will be invited. The game will be Texas Hold'em, with blinds of $0.50 -- $1.00, and a minimum buy-in of $50. Starting seats and seat positions will be randomly allocated. It is not necessary to attend the lecture to play in the cash game.
If there is sufficient interest, we'll be having this game regularly.
Special Considerations and Warnings
The cash game is limited to applicants who are Makerspace members who have reserved their place with me personally at least 12 hours in advance. Each table will seat between 7 to 9 players, so there may be a waiting list if the confirmed invitees number, say, 11.