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UFAYoung, but Growing

It’s probably a fair bet that poker in one form or another is played in every European country and there has been a steady growth in the number of nations where public poker is permissible. Not surprisingly the games in some of these places have their own local quirks. Take Spain where poker was recently legalised in the Catalan region. It was almost inevitable that the authorities eventually relented and gave the go ahead for the game in casinos. Carlos Mortenson who won the World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit Hold’em, was hailed in the media as a world champ, one of the country’s few. Naturally many of the populace asked: “Where can we play?” Not very many places yet: the Gran Casino in Barcelona for one and 100 miles north at the Castell de Peralada Casino.

 

Poker purists may be in for a surprise or two. The authorities insist that poker as we know it—Hold’em and Omaha—is played in a similar fashion to the native hybrid version known as “Synthetic,” where the UFA deal and action moves counter-clockwise. Instead of dealing from left to right with action moving in the same direction, the whole shebang runs the other way round! And another thing; the small blind is on the button, which really doesn’t matter as the button always has to act first. It only takes a few hands to become acclimatised, and with the abundance of loose action associated with new poker room openings, who cares anyway? The …

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