Still many people don’t know how to classify online poker correctly. Is it a sport or gambling? You may have met a diverse option when it came to this popular card game. The supports of poker treat it like an adventure sport and the opponents believe that it is a game of chance. We are the one who opt of the first classification obviously. In this blog, Indian Poker News Portal presents the reason why poker is considered as a sport in the purest form and point out the similarities between adventure sports and poker.
Do, you know why did people have a bad opinion about poker? The problem didn’t lie in the fact that some players win and some lose. This is the same as in sport. One has to win and someone has to lose in a game whether its poker or sports. The bad opinion came from the result of how poker was presented to the public opinion for many years. Poker has appeared in many Bollywood and Hollywood movies where you must have seen dangerous gangsters hosting it in shady casinos to attract people and extract cash from them. It is the main reason why people treat poker negatively. But now more Indian players are treating poker as a competitive sport.
Mathematics knowledge, skills, psychology and analytic approach are critical in poker. It is not without a reason why the professionals’ players regularly earn cash during all kind of tournaments. However, it shows that in poker like in adventurous sports. Luck can help you and some time make you win as well but without developed skills, you don’t have any chance to achieve long-term success. People think that if a game is not physical and doesn’t require a lot of movement, it’s not a sport. It is difficult to treat this mere weak argument seriously. Sport is all about competition and the ability to use skills and defeat an opponent, not about running, kicking or hitting the ball with a bat.
Knowing how to play poker has several similarities to sports like risk, rewards, psychological warfare, competition and playing under pressure. It also attracts people in front of televisions. It may surprise you, but it is difficult to find another kind of sport that is more psychologically demanding than poker. Have you ever thought how mentally tough you have to be to play poker? You can perfectly play but just one mistake or unlucky card can decide that you lose your money and time. You need to focus as you cannot afford to miss the smallest change in pattern or behaviour of your opponent. Many professional players say that you can’t control luck but you can definitely control how you react to bad luck.
Professional poker players have to deal a lot with pressure than athletes. The player doesn’t get any fixed salary and has to risk his money to play the game. There is enormous stress that other athletes do not experience. The exceptions are tennis players and golfers who also earn by winning the game.
Many former athletes love poker. Thanks to poker as they can still feel and compete the rush of adrenaline like in other sports. Ronaldo, Boris Becker, Paul Pierce, Pete Sampras are famous sportsmen whom you can see playing live poker tournaments around the world.
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