Oct 18, 2013

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Poker: The Intellectual Sport

Most see poker as a game of luck. A game of chance. A game that anyone can win if they put their minds to it. But they aren’t the ones winning. Poker has often been lumped in with the slots and roulette as just a madcap game, which madcap American’s sit in casinos with a cigar, a whiskey glass and a nonchalant attitude to throwing copious amounts of chips onto the table.


But how times have changed. After years of televised events and players winning millions and millions of dollars each year, people are beginning to think, “Hmm, maybe this game does require talent after all.” A game dominated by men, poker is finally being recognised as a sport that requires calculation, planning, research and the ability to think logically. After all, you don’t win 9 World Series of Poker Bracelets and $15 million through fluke. Ask Phil Ivey.

However more and more women are also joining the party, and are seeing huge success in the sport. According to an infographic by Allthingspoker, United States player, Annie Duke has taken over $4 million dollars in winnings as well as number of other ladies going all out, and all-in, to win major prizes. The game has been referred to as the ‘new chess’ by many, as it requires a calm collected minds and the patience to stick around for up to 10 hours at a time. But what separates poker players from the rest, and perhaps the reason that some of us still believe it is a game of chance, is the ability to look beyond what’s in front of you. To think multi-dimensionally. To be able to logically digest indefinite information to produce the best possible outcome.

Whilst some of us sit at the poker table with only a pair of twos thinking, ‘I’m going to have to bluff’, the likes of Annie, The Duchess of Poker, will be thinking, ‘what must I do to successfully sell the bluff?’

Like in fashion design, the difference between success and failure is the intelligence to see beyond what’s in front of you. That’s what makes Lagerfeld great and it’s the same with poker stars.

How are the opponents playing? Are they showing any tells? What are the odds on my hand? Do I need to play a bluff? Should I call?

It’s multi-tasking to a new degree, and those who can do it, are very intelligent, and very rich indeed.