By Ole Bjerg

Poker is a rare all over the world phenomenon with significant social, cultural, and political implications, and Poker: The Parody of Capitalism investigates the sport of poker as a cultural expression of importance no longer in contrast to paintings, literature, movie, or song. Tracing the heritage of poker and evaluating the evolution of the sport to the improvement of capitalism, Ole Bjerg complicates time-honored notions of “casino capitalism” and correspondingly facile and simplistic comparisons of past due capitalism and poker. through utilizing Slavoj Žižek’s threefold contrast among imaginary-symbolic-real as a philosophical framework to research poker and to appreciate the fundamental options of the sport, Bjerg explores the structural features of poker with regards to different video games, creating a transparent contrast among poker and different playing video games of natural probability akin to roulette and craps. With its mixture of social conception and empirical learn, Poker bargains a fascinating exploration of a cultural trend.


"Poker is a theoretically subtle, hugely unique and cutting edge remedy of a latest social phenomenon, and contributes enormously to our realizing of the character of latest capitalism."
—Charles Livingstone, Monash collage Australia

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The ideal is to construct a complete system of symbolization without any voids so that any possible future move of the opponent is already anticipated in the current move made by the player. There is here a parallel between chess and poker. In poker, logic and mathematics are also applied in the attempt to master 34 • poker the game. Mathematics in the form of probability theory is utilized as a means of controlling the element of chance. And logic is used in order to understand and anticipate moves made by the opponent.

The game is never entirely determined by one dimension. ” The object of the current chapter is to give a brief introduction to the dynamics of poker and poker strategy. This introduction serves as the basis for the following chapter, where we are going to go further into the philosophical analysis of poker by applying the distinction between real, symbolic, and imaginary to the kind of reasoning going into the game. basics of texas hold ’em Texas Hold ’Em is played between a number of players typically ranging from two to ten.

The enchanting charm of the game, its very essence, lies in the stubborn insistence on the meaning of the single instance, or perhaps rather, the lack of meaning of the single instance. Say a gambler bets $1,000 on the single number 9 and the ball indeed lands on this number giving a win of $36,000. If we regard this outcome as part of a larger series of instances, which are on an aggregate level normally distributed, there is nothing mysterious, thrilling, or in any way exciting about the win.

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