By Ole Bjerg
Poker is a rare world wide phenomenon with significant social, cultural, and political implications, and Poker: The Parody of Capitalism investigates the sport of poker as a cultural expression of value no longer in contrast to artwork, literature, movie, or song. Tracing the background of poker and evaluating the evolution of the sport to the advance of capitalism, Ole Bjerg complicates usual notions of “casino capitalism” and correspondingly facile and simplistic comparisons of overdue capitalism and poker. by means of utilizing Slavoj Žižek’s threefold contrast among imaginary-symbolic-real as a philosophical framework to research poker and to appreciate the elemental suggestions of the sport, Bjerg explores the structural features of poker when it comes to different video games, creating a transparent contrast among poker and different playing video games of natural likelihood resembling roulette and craps. With its blend of social thought and empirical study, Poker deals a fascinating exploration of a cultural trend.
"Poker is a theoretically subtle, hugely unique and cutting edge therapy of a modern social phenomenon, and contributes vastly to our realizing of the character of up to date capitalism."
—Charles Livingstone, Monash college Australia
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So far, I have been de‹ning the symbolic order in accordance with Wittgenstein’s notion of language. And so far we have not seen what is particular to «i»ek’s notion of language and the symbolic. Actually, we may identify the point where «i»ek’s notion of the symbolic order breaks away 18 • poker from Wittgenstein’s theory of language (and from most other ordinary social constructivist theories of language and reality)—precisely at the point where the analogy between chess and language falls short.
At ‹rst glance the big Other takes the shape of Destiny, determining the identity and the course of the individual’s life. The servant, however, does not readily accept his destiny. He resists the symbolic identity appointed to him and escapes to Samarra. The subject, in the shape here of the unfortunate servant, imagines the big Other as a closed and coherent system observing the subject in a totalizing fashion. What the subject fails to see is that the big Other is by no means a closed system but is rather dependent on the subject for its own realization.
Hansen is positioned in the big blind and he is dealt the hole cards: Anatomy of a Poker Hand • 41 The betting round is initiated by the player to the left of Hansen, who immediately folds, as do the following two players. Left in the pot is now only the player in the small blind, Patrik Antonius, an experienced professional well known to Hansen. Antonius adds another 12,000 to his small blind, calling Hansen’s initial forced bet of 24,000. Before we proceed to see how Hansen acts, we shall pause to consider the philosophical coordinates of the situation.
Poker: The Parody of Capitalism by Ole Bjerg