Dan Shak, high stakes poker tournament specialist and self-professed amateur, talks with Bluff Maagzine about how tournaments need to make room for fans and how it is completely up to the player to be able to protect their cards.
Shak, in standard form—gracious and good natured—gets it. The fans are a part of the game and begrudging them a spot to watch the action is bad for poker.
Yes, there’s a lot of money at stake—but between the players and the venue, allowing the players to experience the action only lends for positive growth for the game.
“The fans are going to be there, you gotta learn to live with it.”
If Shak really didn’t have any fans—which we can’t believe is true—he does now.