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There would be some readers to argue with some of my comments about the tournaments but they represent my decent concerns about the negative results of this aspect of poker. Moreover at the time of writing, tournaments have gained much of popularity in the poker media. We need more discussion of the topic and hope this essay would help a bit.

I think that the readers who have long been serious poker players had already considered analyzing many decisions as risk-reward ratios. But for those a little new to the game, I hope that my little essay sparked some thoughts about how your approach decisions involving some essential risk.

I suggest here on the risk of death, but there are lots of other risks involved in life's decisions. Though you need not always take a gambling theory approach to decisions, it can be an effective tool to which most people are unaware on anything other than some "intuitive" level.

It is not surprising that a poker writer would argue that the poker literature helps more than it hurts it. It would be understandable that I would want to defend my decision to write. I could point out that I do not have to write, that the time it takes away from playing poker costs me money.

I will say that I would not write about how to play poker if I thought it was going to reduce my hourly rate at the game. As the essay on the topic makes clear, I suggest that good poker writing can increase the numbers of middle and higher limit games.

May be all of that is linked by another point. The idea that the principles and tactics of skilled poker play can or should remain some sort of inner indiscreet available only to a few is, in the end, just ridiculous. Not only is this not going to happen in this age of increasing information exchange, with the Internet leading the way, but we just have no ethical leg to stand on in suggesting that a few people should be good to information that is meaningful withheld from others.

I hope that, like other games such as chess, or tennis, all the details of expert poker play will come out in a written and other materials. Those who succeed will be able to understand best and use the information at their best level. Knowledge, skill, ability and talent will remain the decisive factors. The only difference would be that new forms of poker will be welcomed from time to time providing an extra, though short term, edge to those who learn all the factors of those games. In either case, the players best educated in poker theory will always have a surface and will adapt more quickly and learn the nuances of new games.


The "poker mind" is extremely multi-faceted. Unless you are successful "impulsive" player who has not studied the game, performing well at poker requires two very different styles of thinking. You should take your time to think carefully, slowly through complicated concepts as you study play poker away from the table. However, at the poker table time constraints require quick, decisive thinking irrespective of situational difficulties. Some details may be lost, but you must zero in fast on the most important of incalculable considerations. Beyond these thinking styles is the need to be able to think in terms of basic principles and specific tactical logic, to be adjusted to subtleties in rival's behavior, to be able to see situations from their angle, and to think and process information in still other ways. Success requires a kind of emotional excellence as well, in case instinct rather than reason influence your decisions. Simultaneously, you should have the intestinal fortitude to be willing to gamble with the reasonable amount of money when you know you have the best of it, even when that money figures to be lost more times than not. That is why very few players achieve real success.

I hope this essay has provided a look at a number of the factors of the mind's work in poker. Of course there is much to the factor which can be contained in one book. So the best use of this material is as a stimulus for future thought. Let it be one step ahead in terms of progress as you apply the concepts presented to new situations or extend them to develop new, related ideas. Keep your ideas significant by examining them carefully and discussing them with others. You do not want to risk large amount of money on irrelevant concepts.

If you are struggling to move up the limits, particularly from smaller limit poker games to the middle limit games, a number of ideas and concepts summarized should prove to be useful. If you are able to think on the levels presented, have learned the contents of card play, and are considerably empowered by the upsetting emotions as you play, you should have less difficulty in beating almost all the games through the middle limits. If you striving however you need to identify the problems and evaluate how to correct them. Though, it is not an easy task but it should not be an impossible one.


I will be content if this book has provided you any interesting reading. Again I will be successful in writing if this book has had a positive influence as to what goes "inside the poker mind."

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