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Subtle Losses of Judgment- I

Few poker writers has overemphasized on this topic but it is critical important to players who want to do well at Play Poker . Few years before, after moving up from $6-$12 to $10-$20 hold'em game, I stated to my friend who was (and still is) the professional players I have known, that I'd had bad month. He claimed, "Well, there are times when God couldn't win, but more often than not, when you look at a bad month, it turns out you had something to do with it."

For majority of the players I am sure that his observation is absolutely correct. This essay is about what I believe is often going on when an otherwise good player has "something to do with it."

Analyze the decision made during the course of few poker sessions. For the intellectual, experienced players most are likely straightforward if not automatic. You often fold your hand without any second thought, you make some obvious folds on the flop or the turn you bet some hands straight through with out having to deal with anything very complicated or imprecise. Of course not all of poker is that easy. As you know it clearly, within those few sessions you will unavoidably be faced with difficult decisions as well, but those obviously difficult decisions are not the only ones that create problems; for among the normally simple, straight forward decision lays a category of decision with special feature. If you are very good player these are considerably easy, clear decisions as long as your judgment habitual is not destroyed. However, they are cases in which, if anything intervenes your judgment, it is easy to reduce your wrong decision.

Hence, any intervention with the application of thorough judgment affects not only difficult decisions but these normal, easily reduces decisions as well. The well known intervention is "tilt" or "steaming," but I suspect even more impairing to the long run results of most better players are more subtle occurrence (plus subtle varieties of tilt) which rationalizes good judgment at the poker table.

I believe that a large percentage of players who have learned enough to play well impaired their results by rarely, subtly and often unknowingly, making their play decisions in the absence of their normal judgment. They rarely play with the subtly damaged judgment over many playing sessions, reducing wrong decisions and also decreasing their profits.

Making Profitable Decisions

Following are the two essential requirements for making profitable decision in poker:

•  You should have a good knowledge of online poker.

•  You should implement good judgment in your poker decisions.

It is obvious enough that if you don't have adequate knowledge and understanding of poker strategy you will find difficult to play well even on an "intuitive" level. You also need very good judgment ability. An understanding of poker theory allows you to identify the elements you need to consider to make better poker decisions. Besides considering those elements you also need to exercise judgment to make a very good decision.

Let's take simple example. Suppose you have a best hand and are deciding whether to bet or to check-raise a rival on the river in the hold'em poker game. First, your knowledge of poker theory enables you to identify these two options as your best choices. Then in evaluating the merits of each, it tells you that you need to consider the probability your rival will call if you bet the chance he will bet if you check and the chance he will call if you raise. To consider these final three variables you should depend not so much on your knowledge of poker theory but on your own good guesses and your judgment about this player relating to each of the question.

Good judgment in poker comes from the natural talent, personality type and emotional experience. To a very great extent you can also develop it through the interchange of experience and continual analysis of your play. Eventually your efforts pay off in more consistent judgment for most situations. Many factors can, however, intervene with judgment in subtle ways, throwing you outside the zone of correct short handed play.

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