Doing the same thing over and over again can be boring to say the least. I love playing poker, but sometimes, I need a break from the game. Playing too much can cause you to lose focus, play poorly and lose money.
There is after all, more to life than poker. We need something to break the monotony of the game, but still keep us entertained. And as a poker player, I still like a challenge, and that competition aspect of the game.
There are a lot of games out there similar to poker. Or at least have the same aspects that make the game great. The strategy, people reading and skill aspect are what we crave.
Here are few games similar to poker that can help to keep you entertained while away from the game.
Hearthstone is from the creators of World of Warcraft. I'm not big on WOW myself, but I do enjoy Hearthstone. It's a card based game that is much like the other card games such as Magic. Each card has a special power and your goal is to defeat your opponent.
There is a good bit of strategy, but also a good bit of luck as you do need to draw the right cards. You can build your own decks, craft spells, and more to give a complete strategy game feel. Best of all, it's free! You can spend money on new decks, but you can also win decks by winning games.
Speaking of card games, Magic is by far the biggest of them all. I have never played it, but I know its popular and has a ton of strategy involved. Some poker players got their start playing Magic like David Williams.
Nothing can compare with Chess. Its pure strategy, no luck involved here. It's much like poker in it takes a second to learn, but a lifetime to master. I play Chess a good bit. I'm not all that good, but I mainly play it to help sharpen my quick thinking skills.
I tend to play speed games where you have to make quick moves before a timer runs down. This makes you think quick on your feet while still making smart moves. Very similar to poker. And with each move of the pieces, a new decision must be made. Again, much like poker when a new card is dealt.
Another game that has roots in poker. Guys like Erik Seidel and Ted Forrest cut their chops playing high stakes Backgammon in New York. Dan Harrington is another high level player.
It can be a bit more complicated to learn, but once you do learn it, it's addictive. There is luck involved with the roll of the dice, but plenty of skill is involved. For those who like math, Backgammon strategy is very much a math game. The right move is usually a statistical one.
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