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4 Outrageous Myths About The Poker Game

In the game of poker, chance is equally as important as the strategy deployed. There are a host of myths surrounding one of the most thrilling casino games ever. While some have been widely accepted even by professionals, some others are so outrageous they should not even be given a second thought by any individual.

Take a look at our list of some of the most outrageous myths of the poker game.

#1    Poker is a game of chance

This is the thought non-players love to hold dear to their hearts. If that was the case, why do the same cycle of players keep winning tournament after tournament? Just like in every casino game, there is that element of luck needed to win. However, it will be completely out of place to suggest that it is only down to sheer luck.

#2    It is all about reading your opponents

Professional poker players are the ones mostly bought over by this myth. Many believe that the very best must possess some telepathic superpowers to read their opponents’ next move. Amateurs also read through books to learn body languages and movements that can be interpreted to predict the opponents’ possible moves.

While the ability to read your opponent might help to an extent, focusing too much on their body language can overload you with more ambiguous information than you can process during the course of the game.

#3    Online games are rigged

This is one myth that might have been considered true in all ramifications in the past. However, this suggestion no longer holds water in the modern-day. Online gaming these days is heavily scrutinized and regulated by various bodies. Hence, rigging of the games is highly unlikely. With reputable online gaming sites, you can be sure all games are fair and square.

#4    Poker is all about calculation

This is as false as the suggestion that it is a game of chance. Understanding psychology might go a long way. However, it will not guarantee you wins in all situations. Poker involves engaging with the minds of others which can be erratic. Even if you accurately calculate the moves of your opponent, does that force them into staying in the game and allowing you to win? Or does that mean they have no idea what you might be holding.


Written by: Roland Arum