From the Editor
TDA Strives to Make Rules That Are Fair for Everyone, Not Just Big-Name Pros
The “first card off the deck” controversy just won’t go away. I’m referring of course to what I opined about in last month’s editorial: the decision by the Tournament Directors Association to change when hands are live on the initial deal. It used to be that players had until the last card was dealt to be in their seats to have a “live” hand. No more, at least not in rooms using TDA rules. Now, players must be in their seats before the FIRST card is dealt to have a live hand – a far less forgiving standard.
I came out against the rule change in last month’s issue mainly because it is less player-friendly, and because the old rule had caused little or no problem. No one was clamoring for a change, so why make one and turn a long-established procedure on its head?
What is bothering me more than the rule change, however, is how some so-called pros are taking potshots at the TDA and its founders. Make no mistake: The TDA is a necessary and beneficial organization that attempts to bring order to chaos and establish some much-needed standards and consistency in the world of tournament poker. The reputations of its governing members are solid and deservedly respected. The criticisms are way out of line: You may not like the rule, but making it personal is plain stupid.
I am shocked at the egos of some of these full-of-themselves “name” pros who think the poker world revolves around them and that because they have a bunch of twitter followers and are adept at self-promotion that they are more important than other players and their opinions mean more.
I hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, but poker does not exist for, nor is it powered by, a few dozen high-stakes pros. The poker economy is fueled by the other 99.9 percent of the millions of people who play the game, not a few TV pros with oversized egos. And you will not find those 99.9 percent playing for high stakes or on the boob tube talking like they are God’s gift to poker, but they are vital just the same.
Those 99.9 percent are the future of poker, and its past, and they deserve a voice as much as any celeb pro. And I am glad the TDA speaks for them and strives to do what is best for the game whether the self-appointed poker aristocracy likes it or not.
Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day
Tournament players will tell you that your tournament often hinges on how well you do with ace-king. Keep in mind that A-K is only a coin-flip against a pocket pair if you can see all five community cards.