PkrPwr: A Handful Of Bad Players Can Take Turns Defeating A Very Good Player

November 21st, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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In spite of fish play and bad calls, it is possible for a bad player to outdraw a good player in an ongoing succession. It almost seems like math: lots of players with a bad hand = 1 player with a good hand.

Its one of the great mysteries of poker that a table of bad players can be almost as hard to beat as a table of good players. If the good player played against any of these individual weak players one-on-one, he’d destroy him. Bring them together in a group though and something weirdly serendipitous happens that helps protect them.

There must be something going on here. Some equation must be at work – some principle in nature where weak units combine and achieve strength beyond their individual capacity. And there is of course – it’s everywhere in nature, from spider threads that are fragile and delicate when taken singly but strong when woven together, to the cohesion of water droplets above the rim of the glass [each droplet weak on its own], to the concept of the herd where a single animal can be picked off by a predator, but sticking together in a large group protects them. The fact is that people who play poker poorly gain strength in numbers.

This is especially true if the group operates as a united front [example: if they all stay till the river]. Poker theorist Andy Morton called this “schooling”. It’s almost as if bad players sense it. They hang together like the citizens of a small town against the tough hombres who ride in to shoot up the place. They hang together in the face of this assault by one or two very good players. Together, they are protected. And crazy enough, in poker, it works.

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It’s harder to beat a group at anything. It’s rarely the quality of opposition that gets you, it’s usually the numbers.

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PkrPwr: Even If A Game Is 90% Luck, Skill Will Be The Deciding Factor

November 19th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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You sometimes hear the statement made, usually from someone who’s losing, that “This game is 90% luck”.

The way the person says it tells you they don’t realize the difference between a game that is 90% luck and a game that is 100% luck.

The two things are not the same. In fact, a skillful player eagerly anticipates a game that is 90% luck, because he knows it will seem like it is all luck to his opponents – making them believe they have a chance. At the same time, he can use the 10% skill factor to gradually grind them down without their knowing what is happening. In fact, in a game where skill is more of a factor, his skill might become too apparent to them, and they’d quit.

“Given enough time, the skillful player knows how to work around this thing called luck.” ~ Louis Asmo, Poker Player

Skill is the deciding factor.

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PkrPwr: Don’t Expect your Mad Skills to Dominate in a Single Game

November 17th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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This is a common trap some players fall into. They expect their superior game over bad players to emerge in a single session, and they become angry when it doesn’t. Unfortunately, as we have seen, expertise emerges over the long run in the game of poker. In fact, the structure of the game is set up as a kind of “safety net” for the bad player. He has to make a ton of mistakes in order to climb out of this net – and he will, eventually. But it will often allow him to hang on for a surprisingly long time before his mistakes catch up with him.

So you’ll be in games where it’s obvious you’re the better player, and yet, no matter what you do you can’t get it into the game you’re playing.

Don’t force it – that usually backfires and makes matters worse.

Play your game. Good players always come out ahead in the end.

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PkrPwr: Three Good Poker Plays

November 15th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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1. Play as well as you can every session and enjoy the people and the game.

2. Never mock a new player or acquaintance in poker because in six months you may find he/she is a very good friend.

3. Most long-time players agree: that if I never won another dime in the game of poker, that the people I have met through the game have made the whole experience worthwhile.

Play Poker. Talk Poker. Because Poker is America.

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PkrPwr: Never Complain; Never Explain

November 10th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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This was the motto of a famous American businessman, and it’s good advice for poker players.

Don’t get in an ‘explaining match’ with another player about how you played your hand. This is a waste of breath. The bottom line is usually that they are angry at your winning or angry at their losing. just smile and move on.

Never complain. Never explain.

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