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Why Popularise Poker?


There are various reasons why we play poker. To one person it is an intelligent hobby, to another it is an intellectual challenge. Some just play it for fun while others play it professionally. Some have played it for many years, others only discovered it during the course of the poker boom that started in 2004.

In many countries today, poker enjoys a status that used to be reserved for national sports. This is a great success, but even in those countries poker is still struggling with preconceptions.

The most common preconception puts poker on the same level with games of chance, such as roulette, in which chance determines the outcome of the game. The physically chaotic run of the roulette ball adds the unpredictability and randomness that are the main characteristics of a pure game of chance.

But poker players know: Although a player cannot influence which cards he is dealt - this is called randomness -, he does of course influence the way he plays these cards. And this is exactly where the strategy game of poker begins, in which the player who makes the best decisions wins.

Popularising this view and spreading the fascination of poker even to those who only know it from movies is one of the objectives of our poker school. But there are also good reasons for every individual player to speak up for the game of poker.

Reason 1: Poker is an educational strategy game

Poker is a mathematical strategy game and a "people game" at the same time. On top of that, it is easy to learn how to play poker. Poker can simulate real social and economic processes better than any other game could.

A poker player has to be able to solve mathematical problems, recognise patterns and evaluate people. He has to learn how to make pragmatic choices and limit the effect that his emotions and fears might have on his decisions.

Our opinion: A person who has properly played poker before and who has understood the principles (even if it didn't make him an expert) will deal with many real life situations differently  -  in a more sensible way!
  • Negotiation situations – how do I act during a job interview or a car purchase?
  • Investment decisions – how do I design my retirement plan?
  • Risk assessments – will I benefit from a certain type of insurance or can I afford to take the risk?
  • Self management – how do I set goals and how do I reach them?

So many things that we learn and train to do when we are kids, and later as adults, are internalised by playing. On many levels, poker inarguably offers the opportunity to gain something positive for yourself, your personality and your future. In the language of computer game players, you might want to call it an allround mix between strategy game, economic simulation and arcade game. It is evident that it has a positive influence on someone who learns how to play it and studies its game mechanics.

Reason 2: The more popular, the less prejudice

Many of us have experienced it before: Negative prejudice towards the game of poker and also towards ourselves as poker players. May it be representatives of the law, may it be friends or relatives who all don't want to believe that poker requires much more than just luck.

If you understand poker, however, you know that its system does not work any differently from that of any other popular sport. The system is carried by millions of fans and it is possible for talented and ambitious players to make it to the very top without any external help.

As a poker player, you don't have to be discovered by big sports clubs and marketed by media companies. Poker rewards talent, ability and discipline immediately. All you need to make it to the top is the capacity to use your brain, nothing else.

On the other hand, poker can also be viewed as a pastime. As an intellectual parlour game in which you invest some of your recreational budget to engage in an intellectually challenging alternative to TV, cinema and other merely passive forms of entertainment. Instead of being a passive consumer in the supermarket of the entertainment industry, you can become an active participant and join other people in pursuing a hobby that is challenging and fun.

Reason 3: Popular hobbies are more fun!

Let's be honest: Every one of us has a hobby which, unfortunately, not many other people share. One person is enthusiastic about a certain author or musician, someone else enjoys collecting stamps.

The more popular poker is, the more likely is it that we can discuss it with friends and acquaintances, people who might shake their heads at us today when we tell them about our last session. The more popular poker is, the more likely are we to find our pastime represented in the media.

TV stations, magazines and newspapers already report about the phenomenon of poker more frequently than was the case a few years ago.

Conclusion: It is good to popularise poker

We should all confidently say: "Yes, we are poker players! And we have a good reason!" Poker is an intellectual, very complex game that already brings together many millions of people from all over the world.

We should not let other people's preconceptions mislead us. Instead, we should be happy that we can share poker with so many other people while at the same time we can do something beneficial for ourselves and enrich our life with a new component.

Just as other fans speak up for their fringe sports, favourite teams or their taste in music, we should do something for poker. In order to popularise poker even further, we have to fascinate people with poker. We need every single person who can spread their enthuasiasm to join us in our goal. PokerStrategy.com will support you here because we have the right answers for those who are still in doubt:
  • You don't feel prepared enough to play poker? – PokerStrategy.com offers free education and information!
  • You don't know if you can trust the poker rooms? – PokerStrategy.com offers you free poker money so you can try real money poker without any risk. And every partner of PokerStrategy.com also offers play money games.
  • You would like to get more information first? – PokerStrategy.com has the largest community worldwide, where other players will answer all the questions you might have.

Poker lives wherever someone organises a home game or when two people talk about poker. More so than any other sport, poker works the same way on a large scale as it does on a small scale. The poker world does not only consist of the celebrity players, the media and the poker rooms. The poker world consists of all of us.

Comments (14)

#1 oblitron, 15 Jul 10 09:54

OK, you've convinced me that we should promote the game of poker. However, by promoting PokerStrategy.com we're not just promoting poker, we're promoting solid poker training. And as much as I'd like to see more new players "trying their luck" at the tables, I don't think I want to see any more solid players fighting for a slice of the poker cake.

#2 Xantos, 15 Jul 10 13:54

Hey oblitron,

thanks for your comment.

Superficially, you seem to be right - but in fact, only a very small percentage of the players who sign up at PokerStrategy.com and take the $50 offer will become long-term winning players.

The biggest group of active players in our community indeed are fun players / recreational players, who think of poker as an intellectually challenging pas-time and not a job.

One small thing that illustrates that is the fact that less than 10% of the people who recieve the $50 write at least one post in our forum - and you can imagine how good you're gonna get without asking questions, discussing strategic topics and hands etc.pp.

The reason is quite simple: most people are lazy when it comes to things in their spare time. You can offer them the best environment to potentially learn poker - but they still need drive & commitment to really make use of that. And the utmost majority of the people just don't.

Stupid comparison: even in countries, where schools and universities are free, most people won't get a PhD.

But of course: it is perfectly fine if you prefer to popularise poker without hinting people to PokerStrategy.com. We just think that PokerStrategy.com is an excellent tool to convert people into poker players if they have initial doubts such as:
- "shall I trust poker operators?"
- "shall I trust online payment methods?"
- "shall I trust my knowledge about poker?"

But if you do a blog about poker or just talk positively about poker in real life or on Facebook - you're already doing online poker a big favour. Completely independent of whether you give a specific URL to people or not.


#3 ilrasso, 03 Oct 10 13:05

It may just be me. But I generally have trouble trusting conclusions from scources that are obviously biased.

As poker company there is an ovbious and understandable bias towards promoting poker. This however does in no way justify the obvious omition of the potential dangers of poker.

It is true that poker is a game of skill, and that a lot of people play it in a way that is not particularly problematic.

It is also true however that there are many people who play poker as a part of a very disruptive mental disorder: ludomania/gambloholisism (dooh! i cant live without gamblohol!!!)

When you do not use the knowledge you have to warn you customers of the potential dangers of your product, and at the same time encourage them to spread the message of you product, you hit a frightening low in terms of commercial responsibility.

This is not to me a moral problem, i do not want to moralize. It is however very risky from a publicity point of view and is, as i see it, unintelligent. Stupid. Arrogant.

These are not traits i like to see in a company whoose main product is education.......

#4 AGLearning, 19 Nov 11 00:50

I can agree with all the arguments explained in the text.
But, from my personal experience, most of the prejudice came from the cultural roots of our society - mostly for religious reasons - but they are reinforced by legislation. Although you can argument with the religious ones, you can't reason with the law. Even if the law is not perfectly clear about this matter, this dubious appreciation can led to some fear to discuss openly about our tastes. Now it occurs to me that it's not a privilege of poker, but every other very personal taste or creed (like sex orientation, religion, ethnic origin, etc).

Well, my point is: there's a lot of prejudice, yes, and the best way to deal with is talking about it. Sure. But maybe some of us don't feel safe talking about it.

In my country the legislation is not clear about playing the game as an ok thing. Is clear about the exploitation of any "luck game" as a crime (althouh the government itself exploits national lotteries...). But the players live in a kind of limbo. Some can talk freely about it. Some can suffer reprimands and even lost their jobs if found playing.

So, I understand your vision, but I believe it cannot be safely advised worldwide. I don't agree with most of ilrasso arguments in his comment but when he warned about a company publicly advising or spreading it's view in a loose way, maybe we could think about it. It's not wrong, but maybe it should be adapted for each environment these words are sent. This can, or should, be done by the reader, yes. But maybe you could add some lines to your speech warning about the cultural and legal differences your reader can face.

I hope my comment can be seen as a positive feedback and not as a negative criticism.

Thanks for the text!

#5 sileekhunt, 16 Dec 13 15:40


#6 ShawnlovesShawn, 24 Jul 14 05:43

I like winning money playing poker. I want to be more of a student to the game. The only people I can speak to about it are my close friends and other players. My older brothets and sisters had to suffer in life because of our fathers gambling addiction and alcohol abuse. The stigma is there and so I don't talk about it with them.
I have stuggled in the past with drug addiction issues. Some people in the 12 step rooms I know would say that I am just switching addictions. These types of people generalize poker as gambling. They are biased because they have never played, or studied the complexities of the game. I am not married and don't have children. For myself, I know that poker losses will only affect me. Becoming a more knowledgeable and disciplined player is one of my life goals. Unfortunately, I cannot forsee talking openly about poker with family or any of my peers in recovery until I am successful in life and have some major victories under my belt. Even then, I may not speak about it with family.

#7 Dedees89, 20 Oct 14 01:18

I just love playn cards

#8 PokarFace, 23 Jul 15 17:28

I want to start my poker crew so I enjoy going to twitch and chat with poker pros and posting on twitter poker articles already :)

#9 triywin, 28 Oct 15 22:34

I dont like if any players always all in.

#10 MrPink578, 21 Nov 15 12:13

The more people who play, the more money is out there to win.

#11 lycoreus, 26 Dec 15 12:15

Poker involves a lot of addictive tendencies and people should be informed about it.

#12 bubamarasr, 24 Jan 16 22:28

I like to play poker. I play poker in live. :)

#13 leoaxinte, 22 Feb 16 15:47

Many of us have experienced it before: Negative prejudice towards the game of poker and also towards ourselves as poker players. May it be representatives of the law, may it be friends or relatives who all don't want to believe that poker requires much more than just luck.

#14 Robinsko, 09 Aug 16 18:35