"A poker education? What you mean like a Math degree?"
It's crazy to think that poker was for so long a game of chance, played in old bars and only really mastered by a few who were considered 'the sharks'. Back in the days of playing cards in a saloon, your instincts were a huge factor in your success or in most cases failure.
But lets fast forward to 2008/2009, the games are mainly played in a virtual world, from the comfort of most peoples homes. You're no longer looking for facial ticks, a nervous shake, or sweat beading down you opponents forehead to make your decisions. Today you're looking for timing tells, betting patterns, fold equity and weak player stats.
Poker is evolving at a rapid pace and the main reason for this comes down to the birth of poker training sites such as Deuces Cracked. These training sites take on lots of 'wannabe' poker players and turn them into virtual cash machines. If you really want to know how to turn your PC into you very own cash machine, these guys show you the way.
But here's the big question, if everyones becoming a poker shark, then where's the money going to come from in the next five years time when everyones 'good'? Well I like to think that this is all part of an evolutionary cycle and that when most players have reached a level of 'good' then the great players will again find a way to separate themselves and we will indeed have to learn all over again. One thing is for sure, right now, in today's games, you really don't stand much of a chance against the players 'in the know' if you are just starting out. So I've written a blog which will point you in the right direction of many great poker training resourses to help you beat the games of the twenty first century.
Good luck at the tables.