There are three main approaches to poker.
Use Basic poker strategy as your foundation. Learn Exploitative and Theory based approaches. Play basic and exploitative poker against players you are as good as or better. Play theory based approach when playing against better players in higher stakes.
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 against different opponents.
A combined approach and an open mind for new strategies is my best plan going forward.
Exploiting your opponents weaknesses and tendencies to gain an advantage. Use this approach when playing against weaker players in lower stakes.
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Game Theory Optimal (GTO) - Using an analytical approach to make the best decisions based on what the 'numbers' say will be most profitable over time. Use this approach against better players in higher stakes.
Here are thoughts from different poker players on their preferred approach to NLH poker.
=> 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.
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Poker is both an art and a science.
Past based on street smarts (exploitative).
Best players today approach it quantitatively. Analytic.
The game within a game.
Fundamental Poker Theorem
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