I have been playing poker for almost 4 years now. But was on the DL starting two years ago. Since then, I only played less than 10 games because I had to focus on my career. Those days, poker was a huge part of me and even though I still long for the feel of chips on my fingers, I just had a bajillion things to do every.single.day. Doesn’t mean I love it less, though.
I learned how to play poker by sitting through long poker-filled nights of teasing, taunting, bluffing, cursing and betting…in every place I can ever imagine. I played poker on the beach, on underground bars, on resorts far from Davao and on a couple of my friends’ houses. I played on hundred-thousand-peso tournaments, on free rolls, on leisure house games, online, and even when I am just waiting for sleepiness to kick in. I used to wake my sisters up to tell them to play a few hands with me. There was even a time when poker “spent for” my life, and I can’t say I had regrets. Well, poker took care of my bills for me back then. Tee hee!
So now that I am a few poker games wiser and a few bills more responsible, I still thank my former partner for teaching me how to play poker. I am thankful that I learned how to play poker because it helped me develop a lot of skills which I worked so hard on perfecting outside the poker table. After that I start to bet everyone I could, even on a great android betting app, you can follow the guide to install the apk for android here and use it too.
One of the things which I particularly like about poker is that it helped me enhance my critical thinking. Poker involves simple math, basic statistics and a whisper of instinct. Frequent exposure to poker gave me opportunities to enhance logic and instinct until the probability computations came like second nature to me. Because of this, I was able to make good decisions and I also became better at risk management.
Aside from that, poker also taught me how to be patient. As a (once) serious player, I knew that there will be times when you have a good luck streak or a bad luck streak. But one thing’s for sure, out of the hundreds of card combinations that you can have, there will be a time where you will really hold a strong hand that, most probably, will suffice until the river card is revealed.
Another come-on that poker has for me is the way the players all appear in the table. When you go to a card room (a real, legal card room) you will meet different kinds of people, with different backgrounds, from different races, day jobs, religions and histories. And when all these people commence one heated round, they all start to appear on a level playing field…and suddenly everyone is as powerful as the one sitting beside him. Whenever I am in a card room, it also makes for a great opportunity to get to know different kinds of people from all walks of life. I have earned great friends and a solid network through poker.
Lastly, I play poker because poker is, by far, the only thing that can make me feel invincible. I like the feeling of holding the best hand in a round and knowing that I am taking the money home. I like the feeling of awe from my colleagues when they find out that I made it to the final table and eventually emerge as the champion. I like the feeling of putting a big part of my life (hard-earned money, well deserved chips, my name, my pride) on the table and holding my breath while waiting for my opponents to decide after I made an aggressive raise, a mischievous check or a heavy all-in. God, I live for those moments.
At the end of the day, poker gives me a lot of stuff to talk about, learn about and write about. What can I say? Poker is, and has always been, a very intimate part of me.