One type of gambling that has become very popular lately is poker, especially Texas Hold ‘Em. Not only are a lot of people playing it at home with mates, but a lot of pubs are now offering it many nights a week as well.
Poker can be a fun and exciting game to play, and it’s also a game where you can develop skills that will help you beat your friends. A lot of people then start to think: “hey, I’m pretty good at this, I’m able to beat my friends a lot of the time. I should start playing in the poker tournaments and try to win big money!”
Sounds like a good idea….or does it?
The first option available if you want to play more poker is to go to the casino, and take part in the games there. Here is where a lot of people become unstuck. When you are playing with your friends, you are testing your skill against people who don’t know that much about poker, or who just play for a bit of fun. However, the players at the casino play much more frequently, and are likely to be a lot more skilled than the people you are used to playing against.
Just like how if you win a running race in school carnival, it doesn’t mean that you can win the state or national championships or at the Olympics, winning a local poker game doesn’t mean you can win at the casino or in a big tournament. Pretty soon you’re going to start losing more often, and you may find yourself a lot more behind than what you had planned!
The other option is to try to make some money by playing poker online. Here is where things can get really difficult. Online poker is illegal in Australia, so any poker you play online is on a website based overseas. That means that you can’t be sure that the site is well regulated and that your money and details are being treated safely.
You also can’t be sure who you are playing against- you could be competing against computer programs called “bots” that had been programmed to play poker and beat the odds. There really is no way of telling who you are playing against, and again you may find the odds are stacked against you and you are losing a lot more money than you had thought!
If you find that your poker playing is causing difficulties, or that you have difficulties related to any other form of gambling, you can always call Gambling Help on the following number 1800 858 858 or go to the website for more information and support.