Poker has boomed in popularity over the past five years. What started as a
game played on the fringes of American society has now become a worldwide
phenomenon. There are a variety of reasons people play poker.
Financial: Poker is one of the few gambling games where players can actually win
money in the long-term. This is because players play against each other instead
of the house. A superior player is able to win over time by making skilled moves
against his opponents.
However, making money isn't the only financial reason players opt to play poker.
In fact, most people who play poker do not play for money; rather, they play for
'fake chips' which are not worth anything. Since poker is a skill-based game, it
can be very entertaining without having to risk money. Poker is one of the few
forms of entertainment that can be played for hours without paying a nickel.
Educational: Poker is a great method to brush up on math skills. Since much of
the strategy in poker revolves around odds, players quickly become experts at
calculating expected value and other mathematical principles. It is for this
reason that some teachers are now employing poker in schools as a method for
teaching expected value.
Social: A great way to kick back and relax is playing poker with friends. Poker
facilitates conversation and a calm atmosphere especially when played for
low-stakes or no money at all. Poker has been featured on multiple TV shows as a
weekly social gathering, such as on Desperate Housewives, where the main
characters have a revolving poker game each week.
Cory is a writer for PokerTips.org, a great source for poker strategy. This site
also has an excellent German poker section.
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