Poker is a card game where players place bets and try to make the best five-card hand. It is played with standard 52 cards, plus one or more jokers in some variant games. It is a game that puts your analytical and mathematical skills to the test, as well as tests your emotional endurance. It also indirectly teaches life lessons, some of which may surprise you.
1. Poker improves your math skills (not in the 1+1=2 sense). When you play poker regularly, you will quickly learn how to determine odds in your head based on the information available to you. This will help you make better decisions.
2. You learn to read people’s body language, and the way they make decisions. Poker teaches you to pay attention to other players’ eyes and twitches, their rhythms and styles of play, and their strengths and weaknesses. This is a great skill to have in life, both when playing poker and in business.
3. You learn to appreciate that a little risk can yield a big reward. In poker and in life, the best rewards often come from taking a chance and betting when you don’t have the strongest hand. Playing it safe – or trying to play only the best hands – will usually only lead to small rewards.
4. You learn to deal with failure and pick yourself back up. No matter how bad you lose at poker, a good player will be able to take their losses in stride, learn from them and move on. This is a valuable skill for anyone to have, both at the poker table and in life in general.