Life Lessons From Poker


Poker is a game that challenges a player’s analytical, mathematical and interpersonal skills to the limits. The game also indirectly teaches many life lessons that can be applied to one’s daily routine and interactions with others.

For instance, poker players learn to manage their bankrolls and networks with other players, as well as study bet sizes and position. They are also taught how to read other players’ betting patterns and to play a hand based on its card strength and its odds of winning the pot (the total sum of all bets placed during each betting round).

The mental and physical endurance that poker requires also helps a player develop their resilience. Unlike other games, a good poker player won’t chase a loss or throw a tantrum if they don’t have a strong hand. They instead fold, learn a lesson and move on. This ability to quickly move on from a bad session can be transferred to other areas of a player’s life, including their relationships.

Lastly, poker also teaches players to think in a cold, detached, and more mathematic way than they normally would. This allows them to make better decisions and start breaking even or winning at a higher rate. It’s often just a few small adjustments that separate break-even beginner players from big-time winners, and it has a lot to do with learning to view the game in a more objective, cold, and calculated manner than they presently do.