Poker
Poker Game Observations

Poker Game Observations

Poker is the latest game craze sweeping across the nation. Poker is an addictive sport that has been quickly gaining interest from all walks of life. Players enjoy the instant gratification of being able to win a large sum of money in a short amount of time. Ordinary people have become overnight millionaires by playing in these marathon tournaments that can last several days. Poker is merely a card game. A game of strategy and luck, it can last several hours and cause a twinge of emotional pain or intense jubilation among its players. Participating in a poker tournament may be considered an enjoyable pastime but it can also provide a venue for observing interesting behavior patterns in people.

Most often, the persons involved in a poker game are males ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s. There are women who play the game but they are usually outnumbered by about 10-1. Celebrity poker tournaments on TV are usually the most widely know or commonly seen but average people play in many games on a regular basis in almost every city in America. Observing the behavior of these players is where I gleaned my information and experience. Being a player in these regular tournaments allows me the opportunity to observe the behavior of the players on a regular basis and gives me a solid basis for my findings. Texas hold-em is the most commonly played variation of poker and the rules are quite simple: The dealer will deal …