Toilet Roll Poker Game Slammed, Coronavirus Critics Hit Back at Viral Video

The new coronavirus may be causing a boom for online poker operators, but one club in the UK has split opinion with its take on the crisis.

Toilet paper poker

A toilet paper game causes outrage as one English poker club tries to raise a smile during the coronavirus crisis. (Image: Twitter/@ElthamTerrace)

As shoppers in the UK and elsewhere fight for toilet paper, Eltham Terrance Club tried to make light of the situation.

Playing on the idea that a roll is worth more than money right now, it hosted an impromptu game with unique stakes.

Toilet Paper Parody Splits Opinion

The video (see above) was designed to raise a smile during uncertain times and quickly got picked up by national media outlets. UK newspaper, The Daily Mail, reposted the short clip on its Facebook page, but not everyone saw the funny side.

The parody was filmed before UK casinos closed their doors. However, a number of commenters found the joke to be in poor taste given the current situation.

“It’s all a big joke to some people, but wait until people round about them start dropping dead, then we will see if it’s funny, so start getting a grip NOW,” Robert Harvey wrote on Facebook.

“They think it’s funny. Wait until one of them got the virus. That’s the time no toilet paper can help you,” Ita Nizam commented.

As is often the case with comedy, there are those who didn’t find the video funny. At the time of writing, the video has more than 4,600 views and almost as many positive responses as negative.

“We love this guys. Are we able to share this across our GMS social channels,” tweeted GiveMeSport.

“This has to go viral – excuse the pun,” @itsnudie replied.

We reached out to the poker club for their take on the video but didn’t receive a response. However, the club owner has since apologized for causing any offense.

Coronavirus Raising Stakes

We live in strange times and the need for online entertainment is greater than ever. With people around the world in lockdown, poker players are heading for their preferred sites.

Over the last week, Grosvenor Poker and PokerStars have both enjoyed a surge in MTT activity thanks, in part, to the coronavirus.

While the pandemic is causing devastation in numerous ways, humor is often an antidote in trying times. Eltham Terrance Club took a shot at entertaining the masses with its toilet paper poker game.

Whether it missed the mark or not, it’s provided a talking point. And, if nothing else, raised more awareness of coronavirus and our need to remain vigilant.

Daniel Smyth
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Daniel Smyth
Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.

Comments

BentleyBoy wrote...

What it really shows is that this is a real issue. The toilet paper thing is a microcosm of many things going on in UK (and elsewhere) and not showing the best of everyone, in terms of situations driving societal actions. Its not just toilet roll, many staples are being hoarded by panic buying, often leaving those a little less savvy, or vulnerable (even vulnerable to the effects of mass hysteria and selfishness) in a worse of position.

The best humour is often facilitated and driven by societal actions. Why? Because we can all relate to it and we can all see the funny side of it. Yes there are people who are seriously ill and some who are losing loved ones way too early. There will be a time when we can all laugh and smile about this period of life, based on happy memories. It is no different to other difficult times in life. When I hear of people retell stories from WWII i hear them not only tell me about the tragedies and strife they experienced but also the good times, the humour and the levity…as often that was what kept them going.

It is a difficult judgement to decide what is funny at the right time….but if we stop seeing things as being humorous then it will be a sad old world.

Andrew Popov wrote...

Is a roll game legally equivalent to a cash game? If in the USA to play a game in rolls, without exchanging them for money, like chips – will this be a violation?

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