Behind the Poker Face

by Sierra Parisian

Anyone who’s attempted to play poker – whether successfully or not – can tell you that the game possesses an attraction unlike any other. Whether this is because it’s been heavily commercialized in movies, because of its association with money or due to its uncanny ability to draw people of all kinds together, there’s no doubt that poker remains the ultimate card game.

Becoming a poker player is not to be taken lightly, and amateurs are warned that the game needs to be studied beforehand. It’s important that each player plans his strategy well, is aware of his playing style, and is able to read his opponent’s body language in order to gauge his next move. If you’re a novice planning your first poker night, it’s wise to read up on the psychology behind the game and get some insightful advice for poker rookies.

While poker is usually very much associated with socialization, the introduction of online poker in recent years presents an altogether different kettle of fish. While technological advances do make online poker experiences extremely authentic, the fact that you cannot see your opponent makes it extremely difficult to predict your opponent’s moves – or indeed, call his bluff. You’ll also need to pay careful attention to your bankroll as it’s very easy to get sucked into what is known in poker terms as a tilt, a reckless state of mind in which the player is tempted to make several consecutive uninformed choices. It’s therefore worth getting a few tips before embarking on online poker.

In short, for the discerning player, poker can prove a fulfilling experience whether played live or online. Always remember to play within your means and, in the case of online gaming, make it a point to check the license of your chosen casino.