ST Forum Nov 24, 2006
Play poker as a career? Fat chance
THE media attention given to the recent poker tournament held here and glamorising of poker playing as a profession are total unnecessary.
It gave many, especially the young, the false impression and hope that they could make money by playing poker well.
To say that playing poker is a skill and not a gamble is definitely not the whole truth. As the players have no control over what cards they get, it is still a game of chance. Skill, if any, comes with practice and, not surprisingly, at a heavy price.
Let it be said that for every 'successful' poker player, there are thousands of unsuccessful ones, adding to our social burden of broken families and bankruptcies. The media should have pointed out the fallacy of poker playing as a career - for most people.
Angela Lee Soon Lee (Mdm)