How to Play Poker Like a Billionaire


Poker is a card game played by two or more players. It is a game of chance and risk, with an element of psychology involved. The goal is to win the pot, or total bets placed during a hand. There are many variants of the game, but they all share certain principles.

Players make forced bets, called an ante and blind bets, before being dealt cards. The dealer shuffles and cuts the deck, then deals each player three cards face down and one face up. The player to their right opens betting and the other players either call, check or fold.

Once the action on the flop is complete, the dealer reveals the third community card, known as the turn. Then, the players act again. The action continues until all but one player has folded.

Jenny Just, 54, co-founder of PEAK6 Investments and a self-made billionaire, has taken lessons from her poker play that she has applied to business. For example, she says, poker has taught her to recognize when your odds of winning a hand are diminishing and that you may want to change your strategy. It’s a lesson she says she learned as a young options trader in Chicago. “As a kid, I took lots of risks and lost a lot,” she says. “But over time, those risks became smaller and less frequent, and they eventually turned into successes.” The more you play poker and watch it, the better you will become at reading other players and developing your own instincts.