billy asked in Games & RecreationGambling · 9 months ago

Is it possible to become an actual master of poker?

After practicing poker for a bit I’ve come to a question I can’t get my head around. Can you actually be good at poker? Poker seems to be based on luck where if you’re lucky you’ll have a certain variation of cards to win. I know there are competitions that legitimately show the skills of players but how can you become a master of poker aside from knowing the rules inside and out

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    I guess you could learn to count cards. I have a friend who does that at Casinos.

    He says its hard and time consuming and he takes care not to be caught & banned. But he says he can make about $20-40 an hour at it.

    They can ban you if they think you are counting cards. At a casino.

    Probably harder at poker than blackjack.

  • 9 months ago

    So, you've got the bug, eh!? You can improve on the game, as well as have a lucky run; don't be seduced by that; the real "master of poker" is the casino, who will attempt to minimize any danger to their business and profit.

  • 9 months ago

    The point about poker is that you don't WANT the other guys to know you're good.

    Some people are better at poker than others because they can conceal their feelings.

  • 9 months ago

    if you keep practicing you will definitely become really good at poker in no time 

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  • 9 months ago

    master statistics and probability and youll unlock poker

  • 9 months ago

    I suppose that depends upon what you mean by an "actual master of poker."

    Players can become good enough to win more than they lose over the long run. Players cannot become good enough to win every time they play, or to avoid occasional large losses. 

    A good enough player knows how to calculate odds, how to read the reactions of other players at the table, and tricks used to mislead other players.

    Luck evens out over the long run. Skill does not.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    i dont see why not, just try it and see

  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Yes.  Being becoming a master of poker requires two things:

    1. Being able to see the cards that are showing and the cards in your hand and know the odds of getting other cards you need as well as the odds of other players having hands that can beat yours.  This requires quite a lot of memorization, an understanding of statistics, and the ability to do some mathematical equations in your head as relating computing statistical probabilities.

    2.  Being able to read other people, gauge how well they play, gauge whether they are bluffing, gauge whether they are concealing excitement over having a winning hand, etc.

    All things being equal, poker would be a game of luck, like you say, if not for the fact that even if everyone can figure probabilities as well as you, you are still playing other humans.  At the masters' level, as they say: "You don't play the cards; you play the people."

    When it comes to getting to be a master poker player, maybe Kenny Rogers said it best in "The Gambler": "Ya gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run."

  • Greg
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    There are many players who fully understand the probabilities and can read other players' micro-facial expressions.

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