The Thrill of Poker

Poker is one of those games that makes you run the gamut of emotional states, and tests skills that you didn’t even know you had.  This classic table game can make you feel anxious, as you await seeing what the next card is going to be.  You will feel quizzical and suspicious of other players, as you try and decipher how strong of a hand they each have.  When you win, you’ll experience an exhilarating thrill, but if you lose you can quickly spiral into a bout of anger and depression.  Playing a rousing game of Poker will help determine how good you are at subterfuge, empathy, and even deception.  It is a game that is random in nature, but still something you can be good at.

With all of that being said though, Poker at it’s best is an inherently social game.  To get the best out of Poker, you need to play with other people.  If you don’t’ have a casino nearby, or friends for a local game, playing can prove to be impossible.  That’s where online poker comes in!

Online Poker has gotten so much better in recent years, that we are seeing a lot of players use it as training for big tournaments throughout the year.  No matter what your skill level may be, you can find the same kind of thrills playing a digital version of Poker.  You can pick up on betting patterns from your opponents, determining whether they are a more conservative or reckless player.  You can practice your own betting, developing the skills to push people out of a hand, or entice people to keep betting more when you have better cards.  You can also learn a ton about card probabilities, and using that information to improve your ability and figuring out what players may have and how you stack up against them at any given point.

The one downside to many of the online poker services, is that it can be difficult to develop the skills to read in a player’s face what they are thinking.  Most online games have players create an avatar for their character, giving them the ability to hide behind the computer and not give away too much information.  While that is certainly a knock against the service, you can learn so many other skills that the prospect of playing online can still help take your Poker game to the next level.

The popularity of Poker is gargantuan, and if you want to become a better player, online poker is a fantastic tool to utilize.  From learning how to use betting patterns to affect your opponents, to figuring out your hand’s strength compared to everyone else, playing online can help you improve dramatically.  All the while, you can feel the same emotional thrill as if you were playing Poker in person, regardless if you are playing for hundreds and thousands of dollars, or if you are just playing for free.

Joseph Valenti

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