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Why men love playing poker

By Contributing Author

It’s true, (well at least for most) men love playing poker. Ever since the game was invented, which is who knows when if you really get into it. Some even say that the game comes from the Ancient Persians or the Ancient Assyrians, who knows really. We know that it’s damn old and we also know that life, for most guys, just wouldn’t be the same without it.

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Poker is a cultural thing. The game has played a starring role in tons of movies, from the traditional Western to the modern-day thriller. Poker is about showing up with the will to put it all on the line and win it all, to go toe to toe with your nemesis across the table, stare them down and ultimately get the best of them. Some say that it even serves as a substitute for the time honoured ritual of the duel – when two men at odds with each other would set aside a time and place to sort out their differences one on one. Poker is a game of wits and bravado, of bluff and bluster. It’s as much skill as distraction, as much a physical game as a psychological one.

Testing Your Mettle

Most men love a challenge; they thrive in that sort of environment. This goes for all spheres of life, from enlisting in the army and storming the beaches of Normandy, to playing in the World Series. When the chips are down (pun intended) real men thrive, their true colours are revealed and they transcend their own often self-imposed limitations. Of course these examples are really big, it’s not every day (thankfully) that one has to storm a beach and not everyone is good enough to compete in the World Series.

This is why the game of poker, be it Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud or any other type of poker game, is so perfect for most guys. Some men prefer to play live casino games while other prefer to go to land based casinos. It’s the Normandy beach and the World Series field on a micro scale. If you think that comparison is a bit dramatic, you clearly haven’t reached that game yet where you’ve got everything riding on the next card in the flop! Winning at poker, especially against guys that are more experienced or better than you, can be a massive victory, not just financially but psychologically as well. Being great at poker can give you confidence to do just about anything else you set your sights on.

Guys Socialize Differently

This might seem like a bit of a cliché, but guys tend to socialize differently to girls. Women love to get together and chat about all sorts of things from boyfriends and husbands to who knows. Guys on the other hand do less chatting and much more ‘doing stuff’. This is just how guys are wired, the hunters, the fixers, the builders, they all like to unwind with something that requires skill and a healthy amount of BS. Poker is a great way to get together with friends and blow off some steam, and take your buddies money in the best way possible!



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