Poker is a game of people. That’s the most important lesson you should learn.
I’ll be giving you guidelines and concepts you’ll be able to use with great success, and you’ll quickly become a very good player.
But, if your ambition is to become a great player, a top flight Pro, a superstar, you’ll need to really understand your opponents.
You’ll need to get inside your opponent’s head and be able to estimate with a high degree of certainty what his check, bet or raise really means, and what hand he’s likely to be playing.
Being able to do that accurately isn’t easy. But you can do it if you’re alert, observant, disciplined and if you concentrate whenever you play (whether or not you’re involved in the pot).
Using my advice and the advice of my expert collaborators, you’ll find that the “task” of unmasking your Poker faced opponents will become easier and easier.
When you’re able to put your opponent on exactly the hand he’s playing (because you know him almost as well as he knows himself) you can select the best strategy possible for that particular Poker situation.
When you reach that level of skill, you’ll be a complete player.
That’s what Poker‘s all about.
People, and the strategy you use against them.
More than any other game, Poker depends on your understanding your opponent.
You’ve got to know what makes him tick.
More importantly, you’ve got to know what makes him tick at the moment you’re involved in a pot with him.
What’s his mood, his feeling?
What’s his apparent psychological frame of mind right now?
Is he in the Mood to gamble, or is he just sitting there waiting for the nuts?
Is he a loser and on tilt (playing far below his normal capability), or has he screwed down (despite his being loser) and begun playing his best possible game?
Is he a cocky winner who’s now playing carelessly and throwing off most of his winnings…or is he a winner who’s started to play very tight so he can protect his gains?
When you can accurately answer questions like those (and there are many more like them), and employ the other ideas, principles, rules, techniques and strategies I’ll start giving to you in article like this one you’ll be one super tough Poker player.
Put all of it together and your playing ability will border on being World Class.
It takes a lot to play winning Poker at a World Class level because Poker is such a complex game more complex than any other game, or any other form of gambling.
For example, the difference between playing good Poker and playing good Blackjack is as vast as the difference between squad tactics and grand strategy in warfare.
You can beat a Blackjack game by knowing exactly what to do in every situation…and doing it.
But in Poker you may face an identical situation twice against the same opponent, handle it two different ways, and be right both times.
And that’s why there’s never going to be a computer that will play World Class Poker.
It’s a people game.
A computer could be programmed to handle the extensive mathematics of a Poker game.
But the psychological complexities are another matter.
A system figured out by computer can beat Blackjack because there the dealer has no options.
He has to stand on 17, he has to hit 16.
A computer could play fair to middling Poker.
But no computer could ever stand face to face with a table full of people it had never met before, and make quality, high profit decisions based on psychology. (at least at the time this was written)
To do that requires perception and judgement.
It requires a human mind.
The way I accumulate knowledge of a particular player is by listening to him, and looking at him, instead of talking.