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Playing Approaches
Playing Approaches

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Playing Approaches

Positives and negatives to each playing approach.

  • Basic Strategy Approach
  • Exploitative Based Approach
  • Theory Based Approach
  • Metagame

'BET' Based Approach

An approach not discussed in many poker circles is the one I created called the BET Based approach. So my creation was an acronym for how a well rounded poker player should play. In other words, use basic poker strategy as your foundation and add to it with theory based and exploitative based approaches. Many hold strong in their position that theory is better than exploitative or vice versa, but my thoughts are that if players are winning with both styles, it's up to me to determine which works best for me. Is there more? A combined approach and an open mind for new strategies is my best plan going forward. Be a chameleon and adapt to your surroundings.

Exploitative Based Approach

Exploiting your opponents weaknesses and tendencies to gain an advantage.

Evolving Adaptive LSTM Poker Players for Effective Opponent Exploitation - Xun Li & Risto Miikkulainen

Theory Based Approach

Game Theory Optimal (GTO) - Using an analytical approach to make the best decisions based on what the 'numbers' say.

Game Theory Wiki

Here are thoughts from different poker players on their preferred approach to NLH poker.

Why Exploitative Poker is Better than GTO Poker - Evan Jarvis

How Winning Players Actually Think About Poker - Doug Polk

Video Notes:

=> Think like a winning poker player.

=> Use a Theory Based Approach vs Exploitative Based Approach

=> Be Analytical vs Emotional

Think like winning poker players...

=> Prepare before you play.

=> Analyze during live action.

The Science Behind Poker - Liv Boeree

Poker is both an art and a science.

Past based on street smarts (exploitative).

Best players today approach it quantitatively. Analytic.

Metagame

The game within a game.

Poker Theorems

Fundamental Poker Theorem

Poker Theorems - Poker Bank