Poker nowadays

Robert Williamson III, a very successful Hold’em and Omaha player declared about poker that: “Poker’s a day to learn and a lifetime to master“. Many may think that this is a little exaggerate given the fact that poker is a game with 52 cards and 9 established hands. It is true that you can fill up easily a few shelves in your library with poker books but a lifetime commitment to poker?

The answer, though, lies in today’s competition that has become so huge that simply knowing the poker theory is not enough anymore. Nowadays, you must develop extra skills if you want to succeed and make a living out of poker. Back in the 70s, at the beginning of poker development, players such as Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese and David Sklansky made their money more easily than they are doing it nowadays. That could happen because they were highly-educated people (Reese had studied economics at Dartmouth and Sklansky was already a a successful backgammon player) and knew the mathematics of the poker game. Their knowledge about mathematical probabilities represented a huge advantage against other players that where mostly uneducated or playing for entertainment.

Nowadays, however, almost every player knows the mathematical basis of the poker game so it has become less important. The question is then: what it takes to become a successful poker player in the current poker world? Let’s take Tom Dwan for example. He is well-known for the the cunning aggression and no money respect of his playing style. This may be useful tactics to win. In my opinion, though, most important is to ride the weak opponent and neutralize his aggression. Another example is Daniel Negreanu. He wins by being an extremely good reader which is not easy at all to do. You need hundreds of thousands of hands and years of observing other players’ games in order to be able to distinguish between the opponent’s logical and illogical behaviour each time given the huge number of situations that appear during a poker game. As you can see, you really need to bring your own unique skills to the poker table if you want to become a successful poker player.

2 Responses to “Poker nowadays”

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