Originally Posted by ihtennis
yeah i think i would rather play like a donk and win versus playing good and losing my money
And I would rather play poker with you and take your money than play poker with someone who wants to make money using their poker skills.
Originally Posted by brandonnj
Lol, are you serious??!!??
"But this got me thinking on what is the actual distinction between poker players and gamblers who play poker."
I'm clearly trying to explain there is no distinction. A poker player IS a gambler. A gambler can play many things, one thing a gambler can gamble in, is poker..
"A poker player would rather make the right decision, get her money in with the best hand and lose; than make the wrong decision, get her money in with the worst hand and win."
Even when making the right decision, youre still gambling, and can lose, just like said in the quote. Actually it kind of contradicts it self maybe? no offense to OP though.
"I'm not talking about a situation where you don't have the best hand, but do have the right odds to call."
Even with odds to call, youre stil gambling..
Is that good enough for you sir? or would you like to further argue about your ownage skills that make your percentage to win every hand 100%? im coming off as an AH (cant spell it out) but your asking for it by not even beginning to try and understand what im saying and just off the bat trying to say your soo good, that your never gambling. You have to admit, your coming off as ignorant, just like I admitted im coming off as well.. yeah. Thats the only reason I got all worked up.
You may say poker is gambling and it is , there I agree with you to a point.
My point is that poker is more a game of skill and less a gamble if you play your cards right, sure there is a gambling aspect to the game but knowing pot odds and all the math that goes into poker and making the correct decisions lower the gambling aspects of poker IMO.
If you don't know all the maths and only play the cards in your hand regardless of the strength of the cards, you are gambling 100% my friend, I'm sure if you look on the net you will find something which will tell you that a skilled poker player relies more on skill than luck, but even a skilled poker player will say that there is an element of gambling there.
A person who plays poker for fun is just gambling and will lose more than they win in the long run, those are the players who also play slots
, bingo, etc, any game where the edge is against them.
Sure poker may be gambling to a point but a knowledgeable poker player will win more than they lose as compared to a recreational gambler who will lose more than they win.
I don't consider myself a gamble because I don't play games of chance where I don't have control of my actions, at least with poker I know when to hold'em and when to fold'em.
As for the OP, a skilled poker player will win more in the long run as opposed to your everyday recreational gambler who plays poker for fun.