I’ve seen a few things at the poker table over the decades, and some I’m not proud of. With fifty years of playing poker, I will definitely explain if we need to change our pace of dealing with table drift.
Today is a day for leadership, management and players to step up their game. In the past, players managed to get away with so many bad attitudes, especially aimed at women. And I’m ashamed to admit it’s still going on today. Poker pro Shirley Rosario tells the story below. The story is so strong that I include it in its entirety:
“Having trouble with the guy at the poker table visit LagaPoker is the same as having trouble with the guy in my everyday life. A large amount of time, no problem. Generally men treat me with the same kindness and respect they treat any other human being. Sometimes, I meet people who don’t treat me the worse they treat someone. These types have never bothered me. But sometimes, I will meet a man who explains things to me he never had a dream to explain to a man, and they are some people who are very difficult with him.
“I chose to play poker for my career, and I understand it all comes down to that area but that doesn’t mean it is. Neither one should place harassment at the poker table – or anywhere else for that matter. There have been a few occasions where a guy explained something so that above all else I almost cried (I was pretty good about not letting them know how hard I was), and it really affected my game.
“I remember mentioning my close friend and poker tutor during the break for the WSOP explaining, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I just want to go home. And I remember sitting with Carol Fuchs a while later telling her about it and saying, “that’s what I’m going through right now.”
“Am I coming home? Not. I was so strong because of it, but it affected me for a moment. As well as at this time, I am irritated remembering this incident.