If you’ve seen Casino Royale, you know the drama of poker. Casino Royale was made right after the big poker boom when they started showing all the championships online, and that’s why the switched the final game from baccarat, which it was in Flemming’s novel, to poker. The fate of the world may not hinge upon your poker match - maybe just a dollar or two - but I still find poker an enormously engaging way to apply myself online.
For actors, sometimes not reacting is as important as reacting. That means we have to work on our poker face so we can not look excited when we have a good hand. Bluffing is the heart of poker. Here’s a good article on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluff_(poker).
The thing I like about poker is that it’s a game that blends luck and strategy - that is, dealing with the cards you’re dealt. For me, the most important thing was to find a good Video Poker Strategy Guide (and I like the one at https://www.njcasino.com). You can learn the best hands, rules of betting, and tips around bluffing. I prefer playing online because I’m still working on my strategy. After I have that down, I want to get to a table and clean house! ;-)