Casinos exist for entertainment and socialization. It is like an amusement park for the grown-ups where they can play and have fun. But what makes it more exciting is because these games involve money and winning relies more on luck, making it addicting as well. It’s no surprise that players or gamblers take their entertainment online.
But not all casino games, may it be online or offline rely solely on luck. There’s this game that takes skill, strategy and most importantly, performance to win.
That’s right! I am talking about Poker.
Poker is not your usual gambling game. In fact, there are people who argue that poker is not a game of luck but a game of skill – an ongoing debate until today.
When you say a game of skill, it means that mental and physical skill plays a significant role to determine the end result. Just like chess or boxing.
The Game Changer
Perhaps, the argument came to light because of an important skill you should master when playing: bluffing.
Bluffing is a game changer because even the weakest set of cards will still give a player a chance to win.
Is this still the same scenario when playing poker online?
Definitely yes! In fact, more players bluff online.
I know what you are thinking. It is hard to bluff when you are playing against strangers who use an avatar to identify themselves.
But here’s the advantage, when playing online, you will no longer mind your body language, or be conscious of your eye movement. The bluffing will now be manifested in your betting stories, which a bit difficult compared to bluffing in a real game table.
The point is, the way to win poker remains whether you see your opponent or not.
Moreover, according to an article by Dennie van Dolder called “Poker – a game of chance or a game of skill?” researchers found out that Poker becomes a game skill after playing it continuously for a long time.
Well, this could affect so much when it comes to the legality of the game. For example in Germany, if poker is considered a game of chance, therefore it is a gambling game and gambling winnings are non-taxable, however, if it is determined as a game of skill, then players are liable to pay taxes.
Policies of Poker varies from one country to another and there will be a lot of changes if one argument is proven.
On the other hand, while waiting for more evidence, let’s just appreciate the legendary game and all the fun and excitement it gave to the players, not mentioning the amount of money at stake.