Originally Posted by arkadiy
Should've just said 18, 17 is still illegal
Is it illegal to play in home games under 18? If so I think that rule is really stupid. IMO if you're old enough to waste your money on a toy you want really bad you're old enough to waste your money on poker. Both of them you pay for entertainment, and both can be bad investments. Online I can agree with simply because I think under 18 you can't even make purchases online.
This is why I don't understand all the anti-gambling laws. It's perfectly ok to waste your money on anything from a new car to a new house, yet if people gamble, they'll gamble away their savings and leave their family in debt. Why not ban purchases of cars? After all there are people who waste money on those.
Personally I think poker can teach you a lot of lessons in life, specifically about choices, consequences, and of course probability. This happens within each hand as you have to weigh options, determine the motives of others, and calculate odds
, and it happens when it comes to managing your BR. Now whenever people discuss the Iraq war and not letting previous sacrifices be in vain, the first thing I think of is pot odds
, what do we have to risk and what do we have to gain? But instead society as a whole in general frowns on it and consider it luck. It can teach you life lessons as well as change the way you think about things, IMO for the better.