Poker, unlike the game of roulette, slots or Bingo, is not determined wholly by luck. What sets Poker, or many card games, from the pack is with these games, you actually have some control on what is about to happen.
Your decisions matter. Decisions in card games surpass what number to put a bet on like the roulette, whether to play another round in the case of slots, or which card to buy in the case of Bingo. Unlike these games, playing Poker, among many other card games, involves a decent amount of strategy. Yes, it is a game of chance but winning such games entails so much more than this.
So what does it take to win Poker? Strategy plays as big a role as luck does, even more. Yes, it is definitely an advantage when the dealer gives you an ace of spades and an ace of diamonds for your hand in a Texas Hold 'Em game. Imagine if this were the case every single round. Wouldn't it be such a dream? Well, because it will be no more than a dream and imagining it would be the farthest you can go.
Surely, not every hand dealt is perfect; most of them aren't even desirable to begin with. Now, it is up to you whether to play them or not. This is where strategy comes in. A bad hand determines the caliber of a Poker player.
Inexperience would cause a player to fold at a disgusting sight of a two and a five. The really good Poker players could even win with them. With the right combination of bluffing and intimidation with perfect timing, bad luck is a negligible concept for an experienced Poker player. With the right strategies, no hand is a bad hand.
Now, let's look at the scenario where that dream of an ace of spades and diamonds actually becomes a reality. How would you deal with it? This is a set-up that really differentiates the amateurs from the good ones. Amateurs, excited by the proposition of a win, will go out and win that pot. They'd bet high so that other players would back away from the pot that is rightfully theirs.
Experienced ones would entice their opponents to place more on the pot by making them believe that the player is iffy and discontented with their hand. The more experienced ones would make others believe that they are merely bluffing. The opponents, fooled by the player's art, beef up the pot with money that they would soon be losing. They have fallen into a trap; and, once again, strategy reaps its benefits.
The importance of strategy in the game of Poker could not be stressed further. It makes bad hands playable, good hands gold mines. The timing of these strategies is the key. Yes, a lucky novice would do well in poker but an unlucky strategist may still have the advantage.