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Not just a pastime, Poker is a serious business too
The popularity of Poker has been increasing world over. People of various age groups are getting..

PLAYING A game of cards was a favourite pastime for many a people around the world, as it gave  them much needed time to sit together and enjoy. It was basically played during festivals or gatherings as a form of entertainment. But, times have changed now. With the popularity of Poker, the game no longer represents the concept of fun only, as it also means business for many. The trend is slowly catching up in India too with youths, as it is being played when friends' meet at house parties.

The game has become so popular that various competitions take place in the US and other nations. One such ongoing competition is the World Series of Poker, where thousands of players play the game. The competition is taking place at Rio Hotel at Los Angeles. It started on Monday and will end today. The winner of the competition could become richer by some millions. Last year a German national won an amount of around $8.72 million.

Poker knows no gender, for youths, old men and women come to play. But this game is a bit different compared to various other games such as Gin Rummy, Spades, Bid Whist etc just to name a few. Unlike other card games, Poker requires more than luck. One has to be able to know the game at the back of his hand to stay at the top of the game. For it has confusing winning combinations, which may be a difference between a million lost and won.

It requires immaculate concentration, along with a good body language understanding. You cannot afford to show emotions irrespective of the card you have at your hand, as even the weakest of the card could be used as a weapon to bring down an opponent. Money talks in this game, as you can make the other person fold, by increasing the stakes and scaring the players, even if they have a better card. You need to sound confident and cannot afford to hesitate in your dealings, else you would be caught. Fold is a technical term in poker which means that the person has given up that particular game. There are a number of technical terms like these such as flush, house full, cards of 5, double pair etc.

There are many celebrities that have become serious about playing Poker. Some of them are Shane Warne, an Australian cricketer, Ben Affleck, an actor, Tobey Maguire, an actor and Shannon Elizabeth, an actress. Some of the mentioned celebrities are even professional Poker players. In the coming days, we are going to see more such professional poker celebrity players, as it has the potential of making huge money, in double quick time.

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