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Is poker really for everyone?

Have you ever heard about the fundamental theorem of poker? Well, if you are thinking about hitting the tables and giving poker a try, this would be a great place to start at. The fundamental theorem of poker is a concept introduced by pro poker player David Sklansky and it states: Every time you play your hand the way you would if you could see your opponents’ cards, you gain and every time your opponents play their cards differently from the way they would play them if they could see your cards, you gain.[1]

Kinda lost, ain´t you? Well, we all were when we first started playing poker. I recall I was one of those players playing all hands hoping for the miracle to flop or turn or river….Then, as reality started kicking in, I became more aware that poker requires practice, hours and hours of it! Poker is a game of knowledge and mathematical reasoning, it’s not just pure luck. Most importantly, poker is not for everyone and those who are good and making a living of poker did not get there in a year or two. Most of the pros you see on TV have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, lost thousands of hours of sleep and have burnt their eyebrows reading endless pages of poker books.

 

Want to be a poker player? Be ready for disappointment, long periods without sleep and lots of money lost in rebuys and add-ons.

Want to be a GOOD poker player? Start reading poker strategy books, trying out different poker software (you will find the beat is different from one site to the other) and playing live at your local casino as often as possible; you never know, you might the next poker pro, telling us all how you got to the top!

 

[1] David Sklansky (1987). The Theory of Poker. Two Plus Two Publications. ISBN 1-880685-00-0.