Poker is a card game in which players place chips (valued at different amounts) into the pot before each round. The game usually begins with two players to the left of the dealer raising their bets to set the pace for the rest of the table. After the raise, every player must either call or fold their cards. The game ends when a player has formed a hand with cards of the highest rank, which is then compared to the dealer’s hand to determine the winner.
Teaches the ability to make decisions under uncertainty
Poker requires a high level of observation, from reading tells to observing the players’ body language. It also teaches the importance of staying focused, which allows you to recognise subtle variations in the behaviours and attitudes of your opponents.
Develops the ability to assess a situation and take calculated risks
Many successful poker players have taken up other professional careers such as banking, marketing or sports betting. It is possible that this is because poker has taught them to value the potential rewards of taking risk and how to manage those risks effectively.