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Poker phases: Draw, Stud and Hold’Em as playforms of capitalism

 ‘Poker is the laboratory of capitalism’. (McDonald, 1950: 23)

When we look at a piece of art, read a piece of literature, watch a film, or listen to a piece of music, it is commonplace to think of these as cultural expressions of the social and historical context in which they are created. Art, literature, film and music are readily recognized as mediums of the Zeitgeist. Poker and other gambling games are rarely thought of in the same fashion. At best, they are considered to be meaningless entertainment, at worst self-destructive vices.

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