As someone who understands about 98% of what those poker commentaries are talking about, that was hilarious!
empath wrote:I'm sorry, but for me, poker is "Five Card Draw" or maybe "Seven Card Stud". You mention Texas Hold'Em, and I'll tell you to go get your M:TG deck, you gee-whizzers!
It's about the players not the cards themselves or byzantine rules! Study your opponents to divine what they have, not try to recall obscure conditions with esoteric jargon.
While I agree that all the TV attention has watered down all the tactics used in the game, I would argue that hold'em in general is more psychological than 5-card draw (not so much 7-stud as long as it's delt properly). Reason being, in 5-card draw, you only have two things to go off of: their bets and how many cards they draw (yeah, and other meta-game stuff but that's not my point here...that'll always be there). In Hold'em, you also have the community which allows betting position and bluffing to have a different meaning to them.
tl;dr: Hold'em has the same kind of mind games as other poker variants if not more, it's just been watered down by the media.