While many of us are either waiting for the casinos to reopen or playing poker online, we thought it might be a good time to clarify some of the most common myths that relate to playing poker. Separating the myths from reality is a good way to improve your poker playing skills online or offline:
Online poker games are rigged by the casinos. Not true. In fact, online poker games are never rigged and happen to be the most secure way to play poker. Every online poker room uses an RNG (Random Number Generator) The RNG makes a random pick from a deck made up of 52 cards during every single hand.
Poker is mostly about bluffing. Not true. Bluffing is an integral tool when playing poker but just one of many you need to be a skilled poker player. And, you can bluff either online or at a live poker table.
Reading your opponents’ tells is a necessary tool when playing poker. Not true. Your ability to read the table, or another player’s mind can help you win at the casino poker table. But online, you can’t see any supposed tells, read anyone’s body language or see anybody’s facial tics. Still, there are excellent poker players who understand poker strategy and carefully adjust theirs according to how their opponents play (after studying those patterns over a period of time.)
Poker is a man’s game. Partially true. Of course, there was a time when casinos and tournaments were dominated by men. However, these days there’s really no difference in poker playing skill or strategy between men and women. And if you’ve seen Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, Jennifer Harman or Vanessa Selbst play, you know the main difference is how much better looking they are than the men! Still, significantly more men than women play poker.
Poker is synonymous with gambling. Not true. Despite the fact that a large majority of people believe that if you place a monetary bet on a game, especially a game of luck, then you’re engaged in gambling. However, poker is much more than a game of luck; it takes skill, strategy, psychology and practice. Not only that, but many poker players consider poker a sport more than a game, and it’s not necessary to place a bet – it’s just more fun.
You need a “poker face” to win at the poker table. Not true. Being able to hide your feelings or reactions can definitely help you win at the poker tables. But a poker face doesn’t help your online game at all.
Hope to see you at the tables – Online or at Live games.