What is Poker?

Poker is a card game that combines skill and luck, either played in a cash game or at a tournament. It teaches players to think on their feet and stay calm under pressure. This is a useful life skill that can be applied to other stressful situations such as job interviews or sporting events. The game also teaches players to weigh up the odds of different outcomes, which can be applied to other areas of life, such as making financial decisions.

In Poker, each player is dealt two cards and five community cards are placed in the centre of the table (the “pot”). Players aim to make a five card poker hand, called a “poker hand”, by betting with chips (representing money) into the pot without showing their own cards. Each bet made is an opportunity to win the pot.

Experienced poker players know when to call a shot and when to play it safe. They will not chase a bad loss, as this could result in them losing more than they can monetarily handle. A good poker player will always learn from their mistakes and move on. This is a great life lesson that can be applied to many other areas of your life, such as not trying to get a job just because you are the best candidate with no prior experience. This approach can lead to failure as a candidate, but it will give you the resilience to try again next time.