Poker – It’s Not Just a Gentleman’s Game Anymore

Poker. Long thought to be a quiet gentleman’s game, it has changed significantly over the past decades. Whether it’s a formal, professional, casino game, or your home-based friends only game, poker is as much a social experience as it is a way of exchanging money amongst gamblers.

When a bunch of guys get together to play Poker, the competition extends beyond the playing table. Besides trying to beat each other out of money, the players often engage in a battle of wits, which manifests itself in a series of put-downs and one-ups-manship efforts. Guys spend as much time razzing each other as they do in trying to produce the best Poker hand. The point being, if a guy can knock you down a few pegs during the game, he feels like he’s won a little even if he doesn’t collect any pots.

In addition, if your opponent can be thrown off by a few off-handed quips, he sometimes tries to get back at you by trying to beat you with a hand that he probably shouldn’t have tried to play. It’s a great science of give and take, with which most women don’t get involved. Not that they can’t; it’s just that women tend to be more direct. Men like to use the backdoor to attack you at the poker table. They like to crawl into your brain and make you feel like you are not a real man. Guys will taunt you while you are trying to decide to whether or not to call the raise. And any guy will tell you that it’s all in fun. But it’s really a sinister thing that guys do to one another in order to gain the upper hand.

Most women tend to act more seriously at the Poker table. There are still good times being had during the game; but women normally don’t throw barbs at their opponents just for the sake of their reaction. Guys do. The better a guy knows his opponent, the more personal the jibes become. It’s wonderful fodder for an in-depth sociological study. But don’t hold your breath waiting for this study to become a reality. The results could really change the way Poker is played; and what fun would that be?

Let’s face it. Fun is what Poker is really all about. After all, it is called a Poker “game,” isn’t it?

Is Blackjack a Game of Skill or Luck?

Gambling is associated with luck. Everybody knows that when you are in the casino – whether a land based or a casino online you cannot win if you don’t have luck. There is no doubt that this belief is 100% true when it comes to casino games like slot machines, where all you do is push a button to trigger the game and you don’t have any real impact on the results.

But is it also true when it comes to card games like Poker or Blackjack, where your decisions have an impact on the result of the game and at least some thinking and strategy is involved in it?

There seems to be no real answer to this question. When playing Blackjack you have to decide when to take another card (HIT), when to stay with your cards (STAND), when to double your bet and other choices, offered to players in the game.

Your choices have a real impact on your chances to win. The Blackjack strategy chart offers players a list of the best choices in the games – choices that are supposed to increase their chances to win. But even when making the best, most accurate choices in the game – a huge part of winning still involves luck. You can make the best choice, but if the dealer has a better luck then you – you will lose. You can also make the worst decisions, but if lady luck is on your side you will win.

Think about a player that has 2 face cards, which give him a total value of 20. This is, no doubt, a great hand. At this point the player will always be advised to STAND. Now, if the player decides to HIT, he is bound to exceed 21 and BUST. But if he is a really lucky man he will receive an Ace and score a total value of 21 – the best hand in Blackjack.

Now, think about a player that makes the advisable, most sensible decision – he decides to STAND. If he is an unlucky man – the dealer will receive a 21 thus winning the round. That’s how luck impacts the game.

Cards counting is the one thing about Blackjack that laughs at luck in the face – if you know how to count cards you can probably win whether you are in luck or not. The only unlucky thing that can happen to you when counting cards in a casino is to get caught. But don’t forget that counting cards is not an easy task and cannot be done when you play Blackjack online.