Time for “Extreme” poker

It’s been done before – but with little regularity.  I’ve been watching the NFL playoff games in the elements after taking in the Vikings/Bears games at the end of December in mid-20 degree whether and it got me contemplating about poker.  How?  Well, I think the time has arrived for the “Extreme Poker Tour” – poker played under some level of duress within extreme environments.

In 1997 Binion’s wanted to accommodate the crowds that wished to follow the WSOP’s Main Event final table action.  Stu Ungar was back – and going for his 3rd Main Event bracelet.  There was no room inside the casino for the crowd so the final table was moved outside to Fremont Street.  That final table was played in the elements, and played in the 110+ degree April heat of the desert.

Ten years later the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure’s final table was played outside. It was both a sunny and windy day causing some issues with the players and their cards.  But they persevered and played on.

On occasion you’ll also see an “Ironman” tournament – continuous play with no breaks, though I believe you can get up and fold your hands if you’d like a break.  But, what if there was no break at all – like those radio station duration contests, leave the table and your chips are picked up.

Or, like the Vikings/Bears game – play is conducted in a below freezing environment.  Take about cold decks and really wanting to go on a “heater”.

Just think of the added enjoyment of watching such a tournament on TV.  Tournaments played in the cold, the blistering sun, an overly humid environment or in the driving rain.

Pure entertainment.  Pure gold.

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