Playing Cards

There is a certain appealing aesthetic and style associated with casinos. Imagines or bright lights, stylised interiors. Affluent. Celebrity. This visual extends to all aspects of casino, and casino games including playing cards. Here we see a varied collection of decks of cards that one collector has picked up. Packs can be picked up for varying sums depending on the depth of your pockets. Online auction houses such as Potter Auctions even have an annual auction dedicated specifically to playing cards.

Shannon Elizabeth

Texas-born actress Shannon Elizabeth is probably still best known for her role as foreign exchange student Nadia in the Universal Pictures ‘America Pie’ franchise from the late Nineties onwards. However, for a few years in the mid- to late Noughties, she flirted with what she described as a ‘second career’ as a poker player.

Elizabeth played draw and stud poker from an early age, but came to Texas hold’em much later, thanks in no small part to her friendship with the likes of Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. In 2005, under the auspices of Daniel Negreanu, she entered the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event but, although she performed with credit, finished out of the money.

On New Year’s Eve 2006, Elizabeth beat 83 celebrities and professional poker players to the $55,000 first prize in the Pure Nightclub Presents the Opening of the Caesars Palace Poker Room event and, as a representative of Full Tilt Poker, cashed three times, albeit for small amounts, in the WSOP during the year. The following year, she achieved far and away her best live cash so far, when collecting $125,000 for a third-place finish in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, also at Caesars Palace. Indeed, Elizabeth achieved her last major cash, nearly $80,000, when finishing runner-up to Phil ‘Tiltboy’ Gordon in the WSOP Ante Up For Africa event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2010 and has cashed just once since. Even so, with a net worth estimated at $9 million, Elizabeth hardly needs to play poker for a living.

Top Six Casino Quotes

I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it’s meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.

Apart from being a famous athlete, Michael Jordan is no stranger to casino establishments, but rightly distinguishes between problem gamblers and those who know their limits and enjoy the casino atmosphere.

 

You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play.

Dan Reed, a world famous poker player in his own right expresses the importance on knowing when to fold, rather than push your luck.

 

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

A Chinese proverb that impresses the importance of having the answers to important questions before you even decide to play. What you can afford to lose, the chances you’re willing to take. Structure to an environment that often has so many variables.

 

You can lead a gambler to a casino, but you can’t make him think.

Famous poker player, Terrence VP Pappy Murphy applies knowledge and discipline to earn a handsome living. He’s all too aware though of what happens if you discard of those qualities and lose your head.

 

Quit while you’re ahead. All the best gamblers do.

Baltasar Gracián Y Morales makes a salient point. When you’re gambling know when to get out and call time to your playing.

 

If there weren’t luck involved, I would win every time.

Professional poker player, Phil Hellmuth knows that ability and analysis isn’t always enough. Luck will always factor in.

Kevin Hart

Philadelphia-born Kevin Hart is a highly successful stand-up comedian, actor and producer, arguably best known for playing high school security guard Ben Barber in the Universal Pictures comedy film ‘Ride Along’ in 2014 and its sequel, ‘Ride Along 2’, in 2016. However, notwithstanding his loss, on a points decision, to underdog Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari – a three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner – in a three-round boxing match in April, 2019, Hart does have form against professional poker players.

Indeed, at the last count, he had just shy of $48,000 in live earnings, just over $20,000 of which he collected for winning the Larry Flynt’s Challenge Cup at the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California in 2010. In recent years, Hart has been a regular participant in PokerStars Championship events worldwide, including in the Bahamas, Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

In the PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge at Monte Carlo Casino, which aired on television in January, 2018, Hart misread his hand, possibly mistaking the three of spades for the jack of the same suit, which would have given him a straight. Consequently, Hart re-raised his opponent, qualifier Mila Monroe, on the turn and called her all-in bet on the river, despite holding only king-high. Miraculously, for Hart, Monroe was bluffing, with only six-high to show, so he ‘accidentally’ won the pot of €40,000. Although strictly against the rules, Hart returned €15,000 to Monroe, without complaint from the other players, who included Team PokerStars professional Daniel Negreanu, so that she could continue playing.

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