I recently read an article by Daniel Negreanu on poker myths that I think is worth mentioning and debating.
Poker is illegal.
False, the U.S. government recognizes poker as a game of skill. Playing poker for money in some instances is illegal, It's not illegal about playing poker with friends, or even playing poker for a living.
It takes several years to learn.
Maybe several years ago. But now with the interent and the books out there today, it's easier than ever to learn how to play poker at a competitive level.
Poker is all about bluffing
"That's one of the big mistakes novice players make when they start out in poker. Professionals win by getting full value for their strong hands, while minimizing their losses on losing hands. Bluffing is a tool that should be used sporadically, making it that much more effective."
It's a man's game.
Wrong. There are a growing number of woman playing poker these days. "One of the world's best players, Jennifer Harman, is a regular winner in the world's biggest cash game against the likes of Chip Reese and Phil Ivey."
Online poker is rigged.
"Before the arrival of online poker, complainers blamed the casino dealer for their bad luck. Online poker has become the new victim of abuse from players who would rather blame their computer than their lack of poker skills."
Poker is gambling and you have to gamble to make it fun.
Yeah, you can gamble on poker but you can also gamble on Monopoly, hopscotch or even the flip of a coin. That doesn't mean you have to gamble to make them fun.
No Limit Hold'em is the most skillful form of poker.
Actually, Pot Limit Hold'em requires more skill, mainly because it gives solid players a bigger advantage and takes away the beginner's deadly all-in weapon. Not to mention, more sophisticated post-flop play.
The game is all luck.
This comment is usually made by people who don't understand poker or haven't figured out how to win at it. There are thousands of skilled professional poker players in the world. There are other forms of casino gambling, like craps, Keno and Let it Ride and there are no professional Let it Ride players.
Let the debating begin!