At the poker table, the player can experience the gamut of emotions – joy, despair, anxiety, indignation – in a matter of minutes. His personality can range from Jekyll to Hyde depending on whether he is winning or losing. The game, after all, is about money.
You want to know more about a man’s personality? Take him to a poker game. If a man is an aggressive risk taker in life, he’s likely to be raising and bluffing at the poker table. Picture a stockbroker, still in coat and loosened tie, splashing chips around the game. Those who are timid in the real world will usually be the ones checking and calling on the green felt. Visualize the retired man in polo shirt with graying hair and sad, droopy eyes. A person who can’t read another person’s emotions in life isn’t likely to be able to tell if a player is bluffing at the poker table. Put simply, a person who can’t win in cards isn’t likely to be a winner in life. As writer David Hayano once wrote, “Poker is not a game in which the meek inherit the Earth.”