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Poker in Paris

A total of 205 players enjoyed the hospitality and gracious service provided by the Aviation Club de France (ACF) during the World Poker Tour’s sold-out tournament July 17-20. This number dwarfed the field of 96 competitors who played last year, and why not?

Nestled within walking distance of the Arc de Triumph, located in the heart of Paris on the famous Champs-Elysees, who wouldn’t want to visit Paris to play poker at its finest?

The Aviation Club offered the largest prize pool in European poker history, €2,050,000 ($2,550,492), for its World Poker Tour tournament, called the Grand Prix de Paris.

The service at the Aviation Club was impeccable. The waiters smiled as they rushed to diligently serve the players. They practically ran to bring drinks and food. The dealers were among the most professional I have ever seen. They are trained to shuffle and then deal the cards by pushing them while they’re on the table, never lifting and pitching the cards. This way, there is no chance of a dealer tossing a card so high that it is seen by others. The dealers spoke both French and English, so there was never any misunderstanding as to what was happening.

There was, however, one rule that made me laugh. Someone called the “clock” on a player who took a long time to act. In a similar situation in the United States, a floorman would come over and look at his watch for 60 seconds; typically, he would inform the player that there was 15 seconds left, then count down to zero, at which time the player’s hand would be dead.

In France, if someone calls the “clock,” the dealer counts silently and then informs the player that his time is up. I was so intrigued by this rule that I asked a number of dealers about their understanding of the rule. Do the dealers count quickly, or slowly? Do they ever lose count or play favorites? And after the time is up, do they grab the Poker Online Pkv Games cards away from the unsuspecting player? The consensus seemed to be that a dealer counts in silence, after which the player is told to act immediately. This situation is one example of why it would be to the player’s advantage to have an international, uniform set of tournament rules, upon which each player could rely in every venue.…

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