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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Football and Texas Holdem, Much Alike

If you’re one of those guys who is crazy for football, this time of year always leaves a void as you wait for the next season to start up at the end of the summer. Lots of football fans like you are filling some of that void with some poker action.

Bodog Sports Fantasy Poker Tournament is a special promotion to introduce the game to sports fans by giving away a trip to the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup final, and Super Bowl. You may think that you don’t know enough about poker to compete with regular players, but poker can be a lot like football.

The obvious comparison between the two games is competitiveness. Good players all have a will to win and will do whatever they can to make that happen. The best poker players are just like the best football players; they never quit and will continue to battle even when the odds are against them.

The games of football and Texas holdem are alike in many ways. First off, they’re both American inventions that were based off of a European version of the game. These modern versions have evolved to better serve the America public.

The modern game of football began playing Super Bowls around the same time that Doyle Brunsen and his Texas roaming poker buddies first got the game of poker noticed and accepted by some of the casinos.

Another similarity that football and Texas holdem share is that plays and decisions are made with deception in mind. Coaches and quarterbacks make play calls that confuse their opponents and change up what they do in a specific situation. This battle of wits is carried out on just about every poker table you’ll find. Keeping your opponents guessing is the best way to gain an edge on them, and trying to find patterns in how they play will get you another edge that you can use in play-time situations.

Poker and football are a dreamland of stats for the mathematical types. Anyone who likes to collect and study stats will have lots to play with around poker and football. Player stats are in-depth and tournament leaderboards provide fans with a player race to watch, the same way you would watch and follow pro football stats.

Another common thing about poker and football is the yearly schedule. Big games are played once a week on average, and at the end of the year it all comes down to the big WSOP Main Event - poker’s Super Bowl at Bodog

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