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5 Life Skills That You Can Master By Playing Poker Poker
Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 17 May, 2021
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 17 May, 2021
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 17 May, 2021

5 Life Skills You Can Master By Playing Poker

Poker is one of the most thrilling, exciting and eventful games out there. It is undoubtedly a game of skill. One needs to have exceptional analytical, mathematical, logical, bankroll management skills among others to succeed.

Poker might look like it is just a card game, but the skills and values the game teaches people can provide immense insights into real life scenarios. Apart from the thrill and edge of the seat experience at the table, the game can impart one with the skills that can bring a huge difference in life when one looks at the larger picture.

Let’s have a look at some of the poker skills that can make your life feel like a breeze:

1. Bankroll Management 

Sound bankroll management at the poker table is a skill that almost every poker player will swear by. At the poker table, one needs to be mindful of the bankroll one has. It’s easy to spend thoughtlessly at the table, but to think and understand how to distribute the existing bankroll, how much needs to be risked, when and where one should hold on, is a skill that can greatly benefit in managing personal finances as well. 

2. Patience

Patience is a virtue not everyone is blessed with. It takes a great deal to be patient, be it the poker table or life. Becoming anxious or impulsive or even aggressive at the poker table may not always be a good move. The same applies off the table too. Playing poker definitely helps one develop patience to wait for the right card, wait till the right moment before one decides to call, to raise, to attack and so on.

3. Dealing with failure

How you perceive failure can make a huge difference. Dealing with failure in the appropriate way is essential in real life, and poker can greatly help. Poker changes your perception of failure. Every player has to deal with losses or failures before he masters his game. He evaluates and learns from his own game to get better in the next. In real life, people often tend to overreact at failure because they don’t fail often. But poker can teach you the essence of failures actually being stepping stones to success in the truest sense.

4. Analyzing logically

One of the best things that poker can teach you, is to analyze things logically and rationally. You start thinking critically and make decisions on the data and situations available instead of hypothetical scenarios. This trains the brain to weigh the most logical options available and make a sound decision. This also helps effective decision making even under immense pressure.

5. Reading and Understanding people

Who doesn’t want to have the superpower of reading the minds of their opponents on a poker table. Poker is a psychological game, it requires one to dissect what’s going on in the opponent’s mind, understand his behaviour and interpret his reasoning. These skills can help massively off the table and will come to your rescue in dicey situations. 

Just like a game of poker, every move and card brings a new set of possibilities and opportunities, in life too, every step comes with opportunities and challenges. It’s important to have the patience and grab the opportunity at the right time. One must learn from failures or losses and keep getting better at one’s game.

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