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My favourite game

The master of Magic, Netrunner guru and King of Tokyo on the simple perfection of poker

RICHARD GARFIELD

Poker is an amazing game, and its strengths are not often improved on, or sometimes even found, in the mostly excellent modern game market.

I am not talking about Texas hold’em, which took over the poker world 20 years ago. If I didn’t love Texas hold’em so much I would hate the game for the way it has narrowed people’s focus. It used to be you could have an evening of a vast variety of different versions of poker, now it is almost always a Texas hold’em game, and the only question is whether it is a tournament or not. This gives a huge advantage to honers at the cost of innovators. A game for which no-one has memorised vast quantities of probabilities or played over 10,000 hours will appeal more to players who like to experiment and try new strategies.

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