The gambler versus the wise man

Fascinating use of language in this comment about the struggle between the US and Iran for influence in the Middle East, which seems to be casting America as the foolish gambler, and Iran as the wise, measured grandmaster:

“While the US has been playing poker in the region, Iran has been playing chess,” said Nadim Shehadi, a report contributor. “Iran is playing a longer, more clever game and has been far more successful at winning hearts and minds.”

As someone who plays both chess and poker, I see many similarities between the two games. And, to be honest, at the highest level, both are games that, at their heart, are based on strategy first, tactics second.