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Old 04-17-2020, 05:28 PM   #1
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Our Poker Civilization

Our Poker Civilization


Can you remember the first time you were introduced to poker? What inspired you to play? What was it that hooked you in? What brought you back to the table?

Other than free games on apps and video poker at random gas stations, Iíd never had any prior experience with a poker before my first game. I sat down at a table in the local poker room, I got beat for about $160. As I left the room, I felt like a loser, convinced I did something dumb. I didn't like the mental state it left me in, and I didnít want to go back.

Fast forward about 2 years, and I began going to the local poker room once in a while. I'd rarely cash out, and most days I'd bust.

One day, while sitting at home, I decided to start reading a day trading book that I'd purchased a few months after my first visit to the poker room. That's when I had a Eureka moment! Everything I read in that book could correlate to poker. I knew the terms and strategies I was reading, but I kept relating them to the actions of a Texas Holdíem game.

That summer, I began to study poker in earnest.

Jump forward a year, and I was dominating house games and a regular tournament player at the local poker room. Poker became my primary source of income over the course of the next year and a half.

During that time, one of the most important things I learned was that poker is a lifestyle. My days consisted of a routine that allowed me to function better as an all-around player and person. The things I learned and my practice and preparation away from the table lead to me winning at the table. By developing a routine that included things like meditation, working out, consistent quality studying, discipline and decision making, I developed a healthy mindset that led to winning in poker and in life.

One day, I was traveling home to Florida from Texas, and I stopped in Louisiana to play at the L'Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge. I had just crushed their only $1-$3 cash table for over $2400 within a few hours and was getting ready to cash out. I remember looking at my mobile device and thinking I want to play this game forever. As I drove back home, I thought about all the time, effort and energy I'd invested up to that point. Iíd gone from feeling like a dumb idiot to wanting to secure a lifestyle that involved a healthy relationship with poker.

I knew I had my work cut out for me while learning poker from basically scratch, but what was about to happen next would change my life forever.

I have this go all the way or don't go at all type of personality. While I structured the framework to secure a lifestyle of being able to play poker anytime, I went through much self-reflection and found myself learning of things that I never imagined could relate to poker.

My conscious thoughts and my past experiences became clear to me. I was able to see what had led to the worst times in life, and to the best. During my self-discoveries I understood my failures; I knew they all possess certain characteristics. I was clear with what I wanted, so I was able to see and characterize these traits which made them much easier to perceive, as I'd defined their relation to another as well. I wasn't looking for good or bad, I was looking for honesty. This led to a better understanding of people, businesses, governments and our world as a whole.

You see, there was a problem with those traits I defined about myself. I wasn't the best-modeled citizen. I'd betrayed myself, my values and my morals, all for money. I'd managed it poorly, and lied about certain details just to get a deal done. Iíd lied to friends and family to hide my poker from them. I'd made poor decisions for and with money previously. I was a slave to what I thought money represented.

I remember playing in one of my regular house games. We used two decks to help the game run faster, and one guy kept taking the deck off the table to shuffle. I pulled out my tablet and, pretending like I was using it casually, started watching him through the camera. Every time I looked at him, he'd start smiling and or singing while shaking his head and doing an overhanded shuffle, not moving the top cards. He gave me pocket kings and I folded them preflop without anyone acting before me. The second time he dealt, I got pocket kings again while watching him from the tablet. I said something to the host after the game and they banned him for a few games. Later on, we allowed him back, but we skipped his shuffle and he never argued against the accusations. I spoke to him after, and there were no hard feelings. I just wanted to play without the cheating and dishonesty.

Another instance, this while in the local poker room playing a cash game. I'd realized this couple at the table was more than just sitting next to another. They played almost every pot together and were talking about personal things that let me know they obviously knew another and had an actual relationship. I began to sense collusion between the inexperienced pair. Needless to say, I busted both of them in two separate hands. She waited for him at the rail behind me after she ran into my queen-high flush. He followed a few hands after I flopped trip nines, and called his all-in on his paired jack with Ace kicker on the turn.

One night at a house game with a different crew, a buddy of mine said, "I don't like that there are so many degenerate people in poker." He carried on about their mannerisms and his perception of poker for a short while. I remember wondering what he thought about me. He always told me he thought I was a good player, and he'd usually want my insight after game nights. So, I felt he obviously valued my thoughts.

I'd gotten better at poker because I practiced. I put in the time and stayed consistent and disciplined. The process was a part of my personal development. I'd grown from the degenerate I knew my buddy was talking aboutóhe was no more. I had evolved and become a better person, with a different perception of life. I had a deeper understanding and developed a personal relationship with poker. It had enriched my life, and I had grown to appreciate, honor and respect its integrity.

I knew that if I could do this, then anyone else could. Poker had added value to my life, and it could do the same for others. I wanted to share this with others, but I also wanted to protect and secure the integrity of the game.

Over the next few years, I played rarely but spent a lot of time designing what I thought it would take to be able to always play poker. This led me to things I'd never imagined. In the midst of my learning, I became very grateful, appreciative and humbled that there was more to come. I finally understood that I had something to offer in helping make the world a better place. It was bigger than me, I understood that from the very beginning.

Imagine someone who has never played a game of poker tells you that you can't play poker for money. I mean, literally making a law against you being able to profit or create a living from a game you enjoy playing...Can someone say Poker Black Friday?

Of course, we have to mention Mike Postle's ordeal at Stones Gambling Hall. What if there were barriers in place to prevent such an act? Shouldn't poker be allowed to impose penalties and place sanctions on individuals, businesses, and organizations for such behaviors? The toxicity of such actions damages poker's community and the economy as a whole. It threatens the wellbeing and integrity of our game.

Think about if there was a safety net in place already to reimburse the affected individuals by the actions of Mike Postle and other individuals, businesses or organizations like him in other places where poker is played. Imagine a system that was not only able to keep out anyone with malicious intent, but could actually develop and redirect the intended energy towards a better individual for society. If they're playing, learning or even cheating in poker, it's poker...so why not take advantage of the opportunity to stimulate the poker economy?

With poker having its own judicial panels, laws and standing as its own entity, the direction of poker's ship sets sail to wherever "We the Individuals" of poker say the direction is. In most countries, they have a penal system that imprisons individuals who break laws or can't live by the rules of society. In poker, there are rules in our society. We wish to develop those same mentalities and meet them with different energy of positive development, other than dooming them to an end. We wish to develop these prime candidates to be successful individuals for the better of mankind.

What about being a part of the poker's overall market portfolio? Don't we add to the poker economy every time we play? Whether we earn or bust, I know poker appreciates our input. There are plenty of ways to reward individuals based on their engagement. Being able to invest in poker in ways other than traditional methods allows the holders of poker's interest to further develop their stake in the community.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. To develop any society and its economy, you must develop the people, use the available technology and have direction.

With the continuing evolution of the poker ecosystem, itís always been the community's responsibility to provide & protect the honor and uphold the integrity of poker. The past, present, and future of poker has been, and will always be, the responsibility of the poker community as a whole.

But what would a poker-based society look like?

It would include pokerís present foundation, by actualizing a couple of components to additionally develop poker and also the world as we know. Governance, to secure a wealthy lifestyle of poker. Education institutions, continually add value to the culture in the pursuit of knowledge, the arts and the individuals of the community. A token utilizing blockchain innovation as the essential cash of poker. Additionally, the capability of blockchain's social applications and other online foundations of programming and protocols would be expanded.

Blockchain and decentralized innovation would be coordinated to frame the governing body of poker, creating and securing the wellbeing, wealth and integrity of the network. Recognition would be established through declaring independence, creating a constitution & code of ethics, creating & upholding laws, treaties, enrollment and partnering with other governments. Apps and smart contracts, stored on a decentralized ledger, would be used to handle transactions and dispute resolutions.

Proof of stake token that distributes consensus to the token holders of the platform would be implemented. The token likewise goes about as the essential cash of poker with a wallet and trade. As standard, the token will be exchanged as any token or money. The token is to provide a universal basic income to the individuals.

The quality and value of education and its objectives are to advance wellbeing, with social & on-demand e-learning, forums and social decentralized apps, networking & communication services, and a marketplace. The framework behind some of the decentralized apps will reward incentives to curated online communities.

We would design an online platform that complements both live and online aspects. We would partner with governments, institutions, businesses, and individuals to engineer our foundation's framework. This would create a coexisting live and virtual civilization that provides incentives based on engagement and interaction with civilization. We could create and develop poker's token as a village, by taking rivalries and making them partners. Our assets would be utilized to add value while complementing other assets so as to build up a sound way of life that accommodates the objectives and goals of the individuals and community as a whole.

Long story short, it's time to establish our recognition because we are Poker. It's time to stimulate, develop and protect our economy because we are Poker. We account for the full responsibility of our poker as invested holders of the civilization. From the games of the past that gave us the poker of the present, to creating our opportunities for our future. The power of position in poker makes the difference between a winner and a loser.

Time to play our position
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Old 04-17-2020, 06:23 PM   #2
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Our Poker Civilization...


VERY Long story short, it's time to establish our recognition because we are Poker. It's time to stimulate, develop and protect our economy because we are Poker. We account for the full responsibility of our poker as invested holders of the civilization. From the games of the past that gave us the poker of the present, to creating our opportunities for our future. The power of position in poker makes the difference between a winner and a loser.

Time to play our position
So it is written, so it shall be.

.... hey , lighten up and play your game. Let other, lesser mortals play theirs.

OP, a Master of the Universe, is the budding Ayn Rand of "Our Poker Civilization".

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Old 04-17-2020, 10:28 PM   #3
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Man, Andrew Yang really fell off
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Old 04-17-2020, 11:23 PM   #4
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cool story bro
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Old 04-17-2020, 11:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing this, I didnt really read it because it looks too long but I appreciate the sentiment.
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Old 04-18-2020, 12:24 AM   #6
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I kept waiting to be trolled at the end and having everybody stand up and clap for our hero.

Maybe OP took shrooms?
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Old 04-18-2020, 12:36 AM   #7
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Go out and get a job around women. You will forget all about poker you ****ing dork.
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Old 04-18-2020, 12:37 AM   #8
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If you don't know what a dork is, it's a whales penis you ****ing dork.
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Old 04-18-2020, 01:13 AM   #9
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I was high enough to read the whole first half and skim the 2nd half and OP must be high AF
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Old 04-18-2020, 01:26 AM   #10
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"Mr. Madison, what you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
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Old 04-18-2020, 01:26 AM   #11
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It was all sensible enough until about 3/4 of the way through when OP unleashed his master plan where poker players basically become their own nation and negotiate with governments. What could possibly go wrong?
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Old 04-18-2020, 01:48 AM   #12
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LOL, I feel bad that you had to read more then the tiny bit that I skimmed.
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Old 04-18-2020, 02:11 AM   #13
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Go out and get a job around women. You will forget all about poker you ****ing dork.
I know your comment was probably sarcastic, but if you were being serious, I don't think it's a good idea to get a job just to be around women. You should do what you enjoy or what you're good at/suited to.
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Old 04-18-2020, 02:55 AM   #14
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It was all sensible enough until about 3/4 of the way through when OP unleashed his master plan where poker players basically become their own nation and negotiate with governments. What could possibly go wrong?
Certain people will understand it and most won't... If you knew the law technology that allows this, you would have different perceptions...
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Old 04-18-2020, 03:00 AM   #15
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Casinos and poker rooms should be paying "Poker" to have Poker in their establishments... But the "current" Poker community allows them to do as they feel... I know poker is bigger than most can simply imagine but just like in poker you only learn what you learn... Just like in anything in life... What I learned was that we can take full control of poker at any time... Just needed to have the economic strategy to support it...
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Old 04-18-2020, 03:13 AM   #16
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OP, may this post serve as my application to be Vice President of PokerLand.
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Old 04-18-2020, 03:27 AM   #17
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OP, may this post serve as my application to be Vice President of PokerLand.
Lol It's all decentralized, there are no Presidents or Vice presidents ... The people of Poker have the roles of running Poker...
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Old 04-18-2020, 03:30 AM   #18
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Damn, where's a good power grab when you need one?
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Old 04-18-2020, 05:18 AM   #19
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It worked for the Hungry Hungry Hippos civilization, but their community was more politically connected and much better organized when they made their move.
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Old 04-18-2020, 05:37 AM   #20
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Didnt read but Im in
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Old 04-18-2020, 06:20 AM   #21
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It worked for the Hungry Hungry Hippos civilization, but their community was more politically connected and much better organized when they made their move.
can you elaborate on this? Was one of my favorite games as a kid
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Old 04-18-2020, 06:25 AM   #22
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can you elaborate on this? Was one of my favorite games as a kid
Iíve already said more than I should. If you donít see any more posts from me, youíll know why.
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Old 04-18-2020, 07:11 AM   #23
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Cliffs or audiobook?
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Old 04-18-2020, 12:27 PM   #24
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Call me Ishmael.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I am Legend.

Where is John Galt?

To boldly go where man has not gone before, grammatically or otherwise.

The first half, dang that was good stuff.

Once we get into talking about central control of what is basically a game, a central control system for what is basically a vestige of the Wild West, and the orderly herding of otherwise more or less rugged individualism, GTFO.

Dreaming up ways to create the Borg enlightenment comes not from.
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I've thought about the OP quite a bit and have come to the conclusion that the
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