1st of all, this is not a " is trading gambling?" Thread. I believe that trading is a form of gambling. Over time I've gotten a bit better as a trader, but I can't play texas holdem worth a damn...maybe if it was charted in some type of visual form, then maybe. Poker and trading are similar, but there are several differences in this game of odds. If you feel free to add to my views..go ahead. 1. Trading is more about emotion, poker is more about chance. If I hold two aces in my hand, I know my chance of winning is X. After the flop, I know my chances increase or decrease by X. Pretty hard to do this with trading. The variables in a poker game change very little ( # of people at the table, size of bets, hands delt, etc..), while the variables in the market are endless. 2. In poker your forced to play or pay. Again in texas holden, im not familiar with other poker games, but if you don't like your cards, you still have to pay the ante before you fold. In trading, their is no immediate cost to not taking a trade. In a way, poker is more pressure because of this. 3. A round of poker only has one winner, however in he markets, there are winners and losers with every tick. In poker your forced to ride out he other players, but in trading, you can cash out any time. That's all I can think of.