Poker is a game of a great many fans. There is not the slightest doubt about that. Some are more die-hard than others. Some poker fans know all of the rules and all the mentalities, and they also know the myths that surround the game. Others might not know these things as well. They might even believe some of the misconceptions about poker games. This is normal; however, it is a good idea to be made aware of what some of those misconceptions are and to change the thought process surrounding it. Here are the top 5 misconceptions about poker games.
#1: Poker is a game of luck
As with any other casino game, luck does have something to do with poker. Most people, however, think of poker as a game that is all about chance, despite all the strategies and skill comprised into playing poker well. This is absolutely not true in the least bit. Yes, luck is involved in what cards you will get, but you decide how to play those cards.
Poker is all about making the best hand with the cards in the deck that come into play. While a player has no guarantee of receiving the strongest cards, the game can be influenced substantially by making the correct decisions. A good poker player will calculate odds, bet strategically, and do everything in his or her power to obtain the highest hand possible in each round. This is easily supported by watching a seasoned pro play against a beginner. The seasoned pro will win almost every hand. While luck is involved, skill and strategy influence the game much more heavily.
#2: The best poker players constantly bluff
Although it is true that bluffing can help a poker player win a hand that they have a disadvantage at or something like that, “serial bluffing” is dangerous and eventually predictable. Sooner or later players will not take any move seriously and the bluffs backfire.
A discrete bluff can truly make succeed and actually get you to win a huge pot or even a tournament, the key is to keep ’em professional and not abuse them: be wise with your bluffs. Bluffing at the wrong time can be a very costly mistake. Not only will make you lose a hand and some cash, but people can begin to “read” you, meaning you will lose all your “bluffing privileges” forever.
#3: Aggressive players have better chances of winning
This is a very common misconception.
If we had a dime for every time we’ve ever hear that the more aggressive you are, the better your chances of winning are… we’d be millionaires and certainly would be the most agressive players you could ever find. So people, know this: it is not true. This may be true in Hollywood films, but not in reality.
In fact, playing too aggressively can be very, very costly. Your elevated emotions will cloud your judgment and result in poor decision-making. If you are going to play aggressively, do not do it every hand or very often. Do it when you know you have the cards and chips to back it up.
#4: Playing poker is against the law
This one is attached to the historical old west idea of the outlaw and the bandit, where all the villains and bad guys were commonly seen playing poker at the bars. The old western movies are to thank for that.
But truth be told, poker has never been illegal per se. it has always been an accepted pastime for generations over generations. In fact, nowadays is actually considered a kind of professional sport.
Of course there are places where there are strict laws regulating gambling and maybe even specifically poker, but poker for the most part is completely legal.
#5: Great poker players are born, not made
This misconception is solely based on the belief in fate. Skill is not an option for the people who believe this. Sure, some people might show some natural ability to play poker or to strategize, but you can be absolutely certain that the pros were not born pros.
That’s why they are professionals. That is their profession.
They learned, they studied, they practiced, they failed, they got back up, they learned more, practiced more, and failed more. After every failure they got right back on their horse and learned from their mistakes. They are constantly trying to find ways to be better. It is not possible to be born a poker pro.