Online poker and real poker are different

With reference to the “clash” between Elliot Frome and myself over Video Poker vs Real Poker, the January 1 issue of Ante Up magazine has an interesting column by Mark Brement.

In “A Sensible 2019 Resolution,” Mark stated that “poker is a game of the brain, a game of skill.” As we all know, brain games stimulate our cognitive function, improve memory and the ability to think. The more we challenge our brains, the better it is for our mental health.

In that regard, Real Poker has it all over Video Poker visit BAMBUQQ and similar games that hardly challenge the brain. But everyone has the right to choose how he wants to defend his body and mind. For each of hers. . .

Returning to our fight on Video Poker vs Real Poker in the January 1st issue, Elliot explains why he prefers playing Video Poker. Basically, the reason boils down to the fact that Video Poker is a much easier game to play.

I agree. Video Poker requires a bit of a mental challenge. There is only one skill required: Using the Strategy Table after you have been dealt five cards to decide which cards to discard and replace, so have the best chance of connecting for the highest payout. If the “correct” card doesn’t come, you lose your investment (bet). What could be easier? Only one decision has to be made.

Other than that one skill, Video Poker is a lot like playing slots. Put your money in the machine and press the button. A child can do it. Only the Video Poker player and machine, over which he has no control or influence. It’s just a matter of luck.

On the other hand, real poker involves a lot of decisions from start to finish (showdown), with bets / raises all the way.

There are many skills to master. This includes table selection; start hand selection; bet and raise; using position at the table; overcoming the types of players you play against; find out; calculating your exit to determine if you have Positive Expectations (that is, is the payoff worth the risk?); decide if this is a good situation for a bluff; knowing the best way to bluff, and using Esther Bluff; build “yours” pot when you catch the monster’s hand (the nut is best); and others.

While you can’t control the cards that are dealt, you can greatly influence how the cards are played. That’s why all of those skills give you so much influence over the results.

I agree that real poker is much more complicated. But that’s what makes gaming more than a mental challenge. Similar to training your body for physical fitness and health, mental training in real poker helps a player’s mental health – his ability to think and analyze, and make informed decisions. (No more Alzheimer’s disease for us!)

Also importantly, the human element is completely absent when playing Video Poker. There are no opponents sitting around the table, competing for the same pot. There are no “enemies” to beat. There is no way to apply your different poker skills.

As we get older (it’s a part of life), time becomes more and more important, more valuable. Many people go to the gym to train their bodies; it takes time. Likewise, challenging your mind – exercising it – will increase its strength and make it healthier. The more skills you learn and apply, the better the game will improve your mental health. Your precious time is well invested!

And, once again, with all due respect to Gaming Today’s super columnist, Elliot Frome, I will carry on with Video Poker and stick to the real thing!

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