Poker is a card game in which players place chips (representing money) into a pot to compete for a high hand. The player who is left with the highest ranked hand when all of the players have folded wins the pot. The rules of poker vary between games, but typically one person plays dealer and all players place their bets in turn.

Teaches critical thinking skills

While there are certainly moments when an unfiltered expression of emotion is warranted, the majority of poker play requires a cool head and a controlled demeanour. This can help teach people to stay calm and composed in stressful situations, something that will benefit them in many areas of their lives.

Teach patience

In poker, as in life, you only want to play with money you can afford to lose. Managing your bankroll is key to this. However, it also teaches you to be patient and wait for the right opportunity to play your hand. This is important to avoid making mistakes that could cost you valuable chips and even your bankroll.

Poker also teaches you how to read your opponents. By observing how they react to different scenarios, you can learn how to spot tells and predict their actions. This will give you an edge over your opponents and help you win more often.