Poker has always been lumped into other casino games like roulette, craps, and slots, but it’s nothing like any of those games at all. In games like roulette, you play against the house in a game that is stacked in a way that you have no way to win in the long run, period. No matter what “systems” there are, and no matter what promises are made, mathematics proves that there is no way to beat the house.
Poker, however, is a completely different story.
In poker, you aren’t playing against the house, you’re playing against other players. The house makes their money from poker games by taking a small percentage of some pots, called the rake. The rake isn’t enough to really impact the value of the game. All you have to do is be better at poker than your opponents, and that’s much easier than it sounds.
Most poker players in most games think they are much better than they really are. With solid strategies based on proven mathematical principles, it doesn’t matter if someone thinks they can “read your soul”. You will win over and over with good strategies, and a poker game will become something like a personal ATM for you to get cash out of when you need some extra income.
The key to being better at poker than the players you’re playing against is to be aware of what you’re trying to achieve in each hand. You don’t have to win every pot, as long as you win big pots and lose small ones. This is how you can play a lot of hands, fold a lot of the time, and still make a killing.