Alice in Wonderland

In a draft for a future post, I’m describing one of the differences between cash game and tournament poker:

Cash games are timeless. They start whenever there is a consensus to start, often with equally arbitrary endings. Tournaments add a gimmick, establishing an artificial starting time in exchange for a climactic finish. Win and loss amounts are fixed when the final entry is tallied.

My eldest daughter reminded me of this short paragraph when quoting Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. Near the end, the King says to the White Rabbit, “Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end: then stop.”

Yep, that sums up cash games! They begin and continue, only stopping at the end.

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