Poker is a game that puts your analytical, mathematical and interpersonal skills to the test. It also indirectly teaches you valuable life lessons.
There are a lot of different poker variants, but there’s one common theme that runs throughout them all: the goal is to form the highest-ranking poker hand based on the card rankings and win the pot at the end of the betting interval (called a deal).
The best way to learn the rules of poker is to play it with friends or find online tutorials. Then you can practice and try out different strategies until you find one that works for you.
Once you have a solid understanding of the basics, you can start to read more advanced books and courses on the subject. These will help you refine your approach and take it to the next level. For example, Matt Janda’s ‘Anatomy of a Winning Mind’ is a deep dive into balance, frequencies and ranges that will improve your thinking at the poker table.
The biggest lesson poker teaches you is to stay calm and focused. You can’t allow your emotions to control you at the poker table, and this is a skill that will serve you well in other areas of your life as well. It takes time, patience and a good amount of discipline to master, but once you do it’s invaluable. You’ll be able to avoid bad sessions that would otherwise drain your bankroll and learn from your mistakes without getting emotional about it.