Learning Life Lessons From Poker


Poker is a game that puts an individual’s analytical, mathematical and interpersonal skills to the test. It’s also a game that indirectly teaches many life lessons.

Once all players have 2 cards they can call, raise or fold. Typically there are 2 mandatory bets called blinds put into the pot by players to the left of the dealer and then 1 more card is dealt face up. A round of betting then takes place and the player with the highest hand wins.

The game teaches emotional control and how to deal with stress. The game is fast-paced and it’s easy for emotions to boil over which can lead to negative consequences. Learning how to keep your emotions in check is a valuable skill that can be applied off the poker table.

There is risk associated with every reward in poker and life. Pursuing safety in poker will get you a lot of short-term victories but in the long run you’ll miss out on large rewards because you won’t take risks. Taking risks in poker and in life can sometimes lead to disaster, but that’s the only way to achieve the big rewards.

The ability to read other players is key to success in poker. This includes understanding their tells, idiosyncrasies and betting behavior. For example, a player who calls a lot but rarely raises may be hiding a big hand. It takes concentration to be able to pick up on these tiny changes in player behavior.