Note: the following is meant to be informative and analytical.  This should not be misinterpreted as an endorsement for gambling or other illegal activities.

Genre: card game
Number of players: minimum of 2 players; typical sizes can vary
Objective: to beat the other players

The above objective sounds vague, because really that is what these games are about: to win against the other players; as simple as that.  How does one win in Poker/Texas Hold’em?  A number of ways exist.  The most obvious is to form the best hand possible, or at least have the best hand compared to the other players.  Other legal means to win is through psychology.  Understanding an opponent’s body language and other tells gives players an edge on how to best manipulate their opponents (e.g. force them to fold).

As implied, Poker and Texas Hold’em are games that best enforce learning about psychology and kinesthetic (body language).  Both allow for a player to gain the best edge over their opponents.  The game can teach one discipline as well.  Not only does one learn the body language of others, but one also learns to conceal their own body language; after all, one does not want to give away too much recklessly.  When playing with chips, one needs to learn how to best manage their resources in order to pace themselves or ensure that they can play as long as they intend.

Next time: Kingsburg.

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