It’s the game of chance, right? You bet your savings on a random outcome. It’s like throwing a coin into a jar and wait to see if it lands heads or tails. If you bet on tails, you lose, right? If you bet on heads, you win. Well, maybe not. I’m betting that some people are attracted to the game for a different reason than pure chance.
For me, poker is the ultimate test of decision making and willpower. I can sit down at a table and make decisions that affect my life for years. It’s easy to play a game of chance. You don’t have to think. But poker is much more interesting.
It takes skill to be good at poker, but there’s also luck. You can’t control whether your hand is going to come up, but you can try to control how you react to a situation. You can’t control the cards you draw, but you can control how you play your hand. Poker is a test of your character, your decision-making abilities, and your ability to stay in the moment. The first time I played poker, I was 18 years old. My dad and I were at the local bar. He had just given me $20, and I wanted to play some poker. So I went to the table and asked if anyone wanted to play.
Everyone else was staring at me like I was crazy. The first hand I played was a bad one. I had no idea what I was doing. I was so nervous that I folded almost every hand. After that I tried to be more confident. I found that if I just played my best, I could win. It’s not always that easy, though. Sometimes you get good hands and sometimes you get bad hands.
But you have to keep in mind that you’re playing with other people who might be better than you. You can’t just make your decisions based on what you want. You have to think about what they’ll do and how they’ll react to what you do. That’s when you start to see how you measure up against the other players.
It’s been 20 years since that first time I played poker, and I still find myself thinking about it some days. My dad used to tell me that poker was a game of skill, but I didn’t believe him. I thought he was lying. But now I know better, I’ve played for hours and hours and tried to improve my game. It was so frustrating, but I kept trying. And now I love playing poker.