Many new real poker players are
surprised to discover that the skills required by
the game are very real. For those people, poker will
start evolving from a mere party game to something
more like a hobby. These players will want to learn
how to play better, and will feel good about themselves
when the,,- do. That sense of accomplishment at poker
has a special character to it; it is different from
the feeling von get from being good at your job or
being the best Trivial Pursuit player on the block.
This phenomenon is difficult to explain to people
who haven't experienced real poker, but this excerpt
from Harrah's website on the World Series of Poker
(ww'.harrahs.com/wsop/gallelvofchamps.html) is a good
place to start.