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Pancakes and Poker. A Papercuts review

By 17 March 2013 9

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The blurb for this event had me salivating at the thought of delicious Pancake Parlour fare. When the tutelage of Chris Wood, poker professional and competitive eating enthusiast, was added to that already delicious temptation, how could I resist?

To begin the event, Chris ran through some basics of playing poker, showed a video of some professional eating contests, and explained how he planned to mix the two together.

Cramming six adults around the booth-style seating made for a cozy game of poker, but participants didn’t seem to mind. With a fistful of chips for each player, both of the games began.

While no money changed hands, there was plenty to keep the players busy. Furrowed brows, serious eyes, mathematics and statistics were scattered across the tables as people weighed up the odds, counted cards and searched for their opponent’s weaknesses. The rustle of plastic-coated card against plastic-coated card being shuffled filled the room to occasionally be overshadowed by cries of joy from the rampant children elsewhere in the bowels of the Pancake Parlour. Still, the games continued unabated.

As the piles of chips grew larger and larger, the games became more intense and focused. When that ‘all in’ bet was shouted, we all crowded around – a possible full house hand versus a straight: which would win? The poker gods were being wily, and despite the higher odds of the full house winning, as the six of hearts was turned over the opponent’s straight was crowned victorious.

For those who aren’t poker buffs, it might have been like slipping through a portal to another world, or listening to people speak in a different language. There was no need to worry; Chris was there to act as a guide with tips and tricks and to help bridge the language gap.

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get to sample the elusive pancake short stack. I had to leave while the tournaments were still underway, but it was clear from pictorial proof received via the You Are Here twitter feed after the event, that there were indeed pancakes to be had once the poker matches had been completed and a winner crowned.

By Cas Le Nevez
Cas Le Nevez blogs frequently and is working on her first novel.

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Cas Le Nevez is submitting work to us as a part of the fantastic Papercuts program put together by the beautiful people at Scissors Paper Pen. The work and opinions belong to them, we are simply giving them a space to show their talents.

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9 Responses to Pancakes and Poker. A Papercuts review
#1
Madam Cholet8:22 am, 18 Mar 13

I’ve never been to Brodburger, so I am happy to take on board your recent review. I have however been to the Pancake Parlour. Your usage of the word ‘delicious’ in relation to ‘Pancake Parlour fare,’ is I fear totally at odds with what is served at this establishment.

#2
Barcham9:04 am, 18 Mar 13

Madam Cholet said :

I’ve never been to Brodburger, so I am happy to take on board your recent review. I have however been to the Pancake Parlour. Your usage of the word ‘delicious’ in relation to ‘Pancake Parlour fare,’ is I fear totally at odds with what is served at this establishment.

The above review is not written by me, it’s by Cas Le Nevez. I am just the messenger.

That being said they do make a good Spider.

#3
Jungle Jim9:23 am, 18 Mar 13

Never trust a man who puts his hands under the table during a game of cards.

#4
papadoc11:41 am, 18 Mar 13

So when are ACT Gaming and Racing going to step in and end this illegal activity? A poker game in a public licenced venue within the ACT is very much against the law.

Better hope you weren’t playing Texas Hold ‘Em either, that’s classed as an illegal game in the ACT.

Just think of all the problem gamblers drawn to this and the effect it will have on their poor families. They can’t be held responsible, they have a problem! Kids will starve while their parents feast on Pancakes!!!

#5
thatsnotme12:02 pm, 18 Mar 13

papadoc said :

So when are ACT Gaming and Racing going to step in and end this illegal activity? A poker game in a public licenced venue within the ACT is very much against the law.

Better hope you weren’t playing Texas Hold ‘Em either, that’s classed as an illegal game in the ACT.

Just think of all the problem gamblers drawn to this and the effect it will have on their poor families. They can’t be held responsible, they have a problem! Kids will starve while their parents feast on Pancakes!!!

You might want to re-read the story, particularly the bit that say that no money changed hands – making these games about as illegal as a game of scrabble.

#6
Genie1:27 pm, 18 Mar 13

thatsnotme said :

papadoc said :

So when are ACT Gaming and Racing going to step in and end this illegal activity? A poker game in a public licenced venue within the ACT is very much against the law.

Better hope you weren’t playing Texas Hold ‘Em either, that’s classed as an illegal game in the ACT.

Just think of all the problem gamblers drawn to this and the effect it will have on their poor families. They can’t be held responsible, they have a problem! Kids will starve while their parents feast on Pancakes!!!

You might want to re-read the story, particularly the bit that say that no money changed hands – making these games about as illegal as a game of scrabble.

Actually YOU might want to read the GRC’s website. Poker is classified as an unlawful game in the ACT (as are all games currently available to play at Canberra Casino as they have a monopoly in the ACT) Cash or not cash – It’s illegal to play these games in public places. Esp licensed venues. It is only lawful to hold poker nights at private dwellings.

Check out the ‘Unlawful Gambling’ tab on GRC’S website

#7
Primal1:36 pm, 18 Mar 13

thatsnotme said :

about as illegal as a game of scrabble.

You clearly don’t play Scrabble properly!

#8
papadoc2:25 pm, 18 Mar 13

thatsnotme said :

You might want to re-read the story, particularly the bit that say that no money changed hands – making these games about as illegal as a game of scrabble.

Furthermore to what Genie said, you should read the GRC’s guidelines, it’s actually quite interesting. Unfortunately, games like this ARE illegal in the ACT. It’s an absolute joke considering you could play the same game in Queanbeyan for a million dollars without breaking any laws.

My post wasn’t made to critisize either the organiser or the Pancake Parlour, it was more to poke fun at the draconian laws that have been forced upon us Canberrans in regards to this. Poker is the fastest growing sport (I use that term loosely…) in the world, yet if I wanted to play for money in my own home, I’d technically be committing an offence!

#9
thatsnotme2:47 pm, 18 Mar 13

Well I’ve been told! Thanks for the clarification. And I’ve got to agree with you papadoc – it is a joke. I’ve learned my lesson, and will remember not to apply common sense to things involving government regulation in the future!

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