Thursday 09 October 1997
Quite right, too - and he has also introduced the excellent facility of non-smoking tables, which even in tournaments can apply at least for the first hour or two. My impression of French players is that they may play less well, but they do behave rather better, than their British counterparts. Play starts at 4pm and goes on until 6am.
Two variations of hold 'em and Omaha are played at the Club d'Aviation which are new to British players. Courchevel is 5-card Omaha, with the first card of the flop turned face-up before the betting. If you hold, for example, Q-J-9-8-6 and a 10 or a 7 pops up, it would be encouraging. If, on the other hand, an ace is the exposed card, you may not fancy pushing a hand with a pair of kings in it.
Aviation seems to be a club speciality. It is 4-card hold 'em, with one discard before the flop, and a second discard after the flop. A-K-9-8 could be preferable to A-K-Q-J, where you might have to throw away cards you need on the flop. This variation is not to the purist's taste, but seems like a good idea to spice up home games.
French and English poker terms are more or less interchangeable in the club but here is a basic glossary:
Call - Suivi;
Raise - either Pot or state the amount;
Straight - Suite or Quinte;
Flush - Couleur;
Full house - Full;
Four of a kind - Carre.
The next major hold 'em tournament is on 18 and 19 October. Bonne chance!
And finally, speaking of civilised pleasures, an exhibition of the most marvellous painter of gambling in the history of art, Georges de La Tour (1593-1652), has just opened at the Grand Palais. Definitely not to be missed.
John Moore starred in Coca Cola and Morrisons adverts
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Former boxer recalls incident when he was seven years old
Charlie Sheen could be set to revive his role as a hedonistic womaniser
Review: Mike Leigh's biopic is a rambling, rich character study
Want to ward off (or welcome) trick-or-treaters? Here's how
Life & Style blogs
How to carve a pumpkin for Halloween with this step-by-step tutorial
Five year old British boy becomes youngest ever qualified computer specialist
Health: When masturbation can be fatal: The practice of auto-erotic asphyxia is often concealed by a coroner's verdict. Monique Roffey looks at a lethal taboo
Sex with more than 20 women 'reduces risk of prostate cancer'
Woman successfully sues Google for showing her with 'part of her breast exposed' on Street View
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Comission: SThree: SThree, International Recruitme...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Uncapped Commission: SThree: Are you looking for a...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £100,000: SThree: If you would like to work fo...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Uncapped Commission £100k +: SThree: Trainee Recru...