Ten Common Misconceptions About iGaming
Firmly ranked as one of the most popular ways to spend leisure time across the globe, there is a surprising amount of misunderstandings associated with iGaming and particularly, online poker. Here are ten of the most common myths:
1.It’s all about your face
In a world of where we can live life behind a screen, the rise of online gaming was inevitable. Playing poker online is now common as getting involved couldn’t be easier. Whilst a steely demeanour may be advantageous playing live, in the comfort of your own space, your face can be the least of your worries. Even when playing in a live environment, some poker professionals spend more mental energy observing and analysing details of their opponents, classifying “poker face” as only a small part of the overall game plan.
2.Poker is taboo
Poker has been on a journey and despite its somewhat tainted, it seems now to have arrived at mainstream status thanks to – in no particular order – the 1998 movie Rounders, the invention of the Hole Cam and the incredible Chris Moneymaker story. As a game to be played amongst friends and family in relaxed atmospheres, the legitimacy of poker as a great source of entertainment, and a game of skill, appears to be spreading. Men, women, amateurs, professionals from all over the world partake for various reasons, allowing players to exercise mental strength in a fun environment.
3.Men are better than women
The truth of the matter is that men do tend to dominate the scene when it comes to poker. These days however, more women are entering the arena, and whilst slot games may still be preferred amongst females, blackjack and poker are now being tried. There has been significant success by females in pokers highest ranking levels, across many tournaments, and there is scientific research to suggest women generally gamble better than men. Perhaps it is just a matter of time before the gap closes.
4.You must be a maths whizz
Poker is a game of many different human skills – courage, restraint, reasoning – and whilst mathematics plays a part, it is certainly not the only ingredient in this complex mix. Whereas games like blackjack might be more obviously associated with maths, Poker draws in a varying range of factors associated more with those around the table, either online or offline, serving a bigger picture.
5.It’s all about luck
As with literally everything in life, there is an element of luck involved. But if we put some logic around this, we can quite safely assume that every player would average out with good, bad and ugly hands. It becomes a question of how these hands are played. The decisions that the player makes will ultimately determine what makes them a winner or loser. A one-off win doesn’t speak for long term success.
6.Cheaters are rife
It’s often assumed that cheating is rife in poker, partially thanks to what we have seen in the movies, along with the guns and gangsters. There are occasions where this has happened online and scandals have broken out, but most online poker providers out there are legitimate. Overseen by regulatory bodies and audited regularly, cheating is usually non-existent and certainly not prevalent enough to put you off.
7.Only a royal flush beats a full house
A royal flush does indeed beat a full house. Whilst this is true, it is not the only way of beating a full house – four of a kind and straight flushes can also beat a full house. This type of core understanding of game will allow the novice to play better poker hands and show competitors how strong a contender they are. Those who are new to the game must understand the basics such as poker-hand hierarchy, how to fold and how to sense a bluff, to develop a successful and enjoyable poker game.
8.Poker takes a long time to learn
Overall, the basics of the poker game are straightforward to learn. Once you are familiar with the various hand rankings and order in which to play, everything begins to make sense. People tend to begin with the popular ‘Texas hold-em’ style, after which other versions of Poker are easier to take on board. It can seem a little overwhelming to be up against other players who are familiar with the game but a little bit of time and effort will go a long way. Mastering it however may take a little while longer.
9.It’s the same game
Some believe that the strategies for winning poker 20 years ago would suffice in winning in the modern-day environment. Poker has evolved and along with it have the strategies. The internet has provided a huge amount of information which is now easily accessible, allowing players to share strategies and evolve these to make new systems and gain competitive advantage.
You would be forgiven for thinking that good players win. It makes sense. However, as mentioned, luck does play a part and the law of probability suggests that you will receive your fair share of good hands. Players will sometimes lose game after game, but this does not reflect entirely on their skill. How good you are as a poker player is often measured in the long-term so if you’re having a losing streak, chances are this won’t last for too much longer.
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