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The cute relationship between chess and poker

Chess and poker are two table games that are connected for a narrow string. The playing experience that both games offer is so similar to each other.

Both games are incredibly complex, more than what you can even think of. And they have a lot in common, which is the reason why there are many chess and poker players that interest in the other game.

Many chess masters are also into poker, more than the poker players’ interest in chess. They are completely different games, but the skills you need to have to be successful in chess are also useful for poker.

Good chess players could be more likely to learn and master poker fast in some cases. Of course, it will always depend on the will and the effort you make to improve.

Another important aspect is that poker has features that chess doesn’t, which makes it more exciting!

Both games are incredibly exciting and fun, but usually, people interested in chess and poker tend to have a certain taste for strategy games. The strategy is present in both chess and poker, psychological aspects play a role as well.

Chess and poker have one general principle in common: It takes a minute to learn, and a lifetime to master. We will briefly explain what consist chess and poker, and then, compare them.

The nature of the chess game

chess and poker cards
Chess and Poker cards

We could call chess a war game because it is a battle between two kingdoms. You have your forces and your opponent has an equal amount of troops to play.

This game is played on a special board to chess which has 64 squares and 32 pieces counting yours and your opponent’s. It doesn’t involve probabilities of any kind, everything can be calculated.

The whole objective of the game is to calculate and make a real assessment of your position. This way you can develop plans, strategies, ideas, or traps for your opponent.

Usually, the player with more precise analysis and more accurate calculation will be the winner.

The game has specific rules, and all your possibilities and your opponent’s are on the board. This means there are no secrets in chess, all the information is right there.

The theoretical study of chess is important to every level you are playing. The more knowledge you have about chess, the best you will perform if you know how to apply that knowledge correctly.

The nature of the poker game

chess and poker playing
Poker playing

What could poker have to compare it to chess? We start by mentioning poker is played with cards. There is no need for having a board of any kind, you just need a deck of cards.

There is hidden information, which means players don’t know all of the information. Every player is dealt with several cards, and nobody knows which cards anyone has.

The only thing you know is that you have equal chances to win or lose, there is no insurance, you have to assess. Poker consists of four decisions on three options each.

Chess and poker have that one in common, they are both about making decisions. But the difference is that in chess you calculate and you can figure out if a decision is correct or not.

While poker doesn’t work like that, you have to make decisions based on pure luck, the only thing you can do to feel secure is praying. Some poker experts assure that poker is 80% luck while 20% skill, which may be appealing for some people.

If you like probability games, poker is just for you, but if you want to calculate chess.

Why chess players are so interested in poker

chess and poker pieces

There are many reasons to have a good interest in chess and poker, they have the same spirit. As we said, they are totally different, but they require the same abilities.

Also, poker is a little bit more exciting for the unexpected factor, chess is more of a calculation. Chess is precise, if you calculated correctly, you may not fail, but poker is more about luck.

You can lose or win, there is no assurance, and that is the factor that may come as really moving. In chess, when you reach the top level, games may become repetitive, theoretical, and boring. Because everyone is trying to play for the security.

While in poker this doesn’t exist, no matter how good you are, the win is never assured for you.

It’s not like in chess everything is pre-calculated, and of course, it has its own appeal and thrilling nature, but not the way poker does.

Maybe chess players were trying to escape the monotony of the drudgery by trying poker and see what it’s got.

Chess and poker equal choker!

chess and poker knights

There is a combination of these two exciting games in one!

You can try out choker! This is a pretty good game you can play on your phone or tablet.

The concept of the game is pretty good, and it is a pretty fun option, this could even count as a chess variation.

The way you play it is very simple is the most literal conception of a chess and poker combination.

You are dealt 5 cards at the beginning of the hand, and the starting position will be the following:

Once both players have their cards, depending on the cards they have they will be deploying their pieces on different squares. After every player deploys a piece, they will have the option to place bets.

So on, until none of the players have more cards, from now on it’s chess, you have to play the position that results after everyone deploys the pieces.

The rules are the same as in chess, the player who wins the pot, none takes anything if it’s a draw.

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