The mathematics of poker relates to being able to calculate the odd’s of either, you or your opponent, winning the hand that is in play in any situation.
In the psychology of poker, it was discussed that poker is a game of skill, and more a game about people having the ability to read situations and opponents play styles, to give them the best advantage in each hand.
However it has been stated definitely, that it is the numerical reason behind our decisions that are more important rather than the little tells in poker that everyone has.
Those tells are the little something’s that will give someone away when playing, whether it’s a twitch, putting their cards down fast or slow, a smile or a widening of the eyes.
The central theme of these articles on the mathematics of poker is to maximize your average profits and while the average poker player is generally not well versed in the higher levels of mathematics, these articles are broken down so that they can be easily understood and used in exploitative and optimal poker play strategies.
Exploitative Poker Strategies.
Exploitative poker play is defined as maximizing expectation in lieu of your opponent’s strategy.
Now I am sure you have heard all of this before, which is, poker is all about making mistakes.
The whole idea of the game is you need to make fewer mistakes than any of your opponents. Then you need to capitalize on any mistakes your opponent’s made or are making.
The profits a good poker player makes are directly related to the mistakes that his opponents make.
By understanding your opponent’s tendencies and learning how to take advantage of these tendencies and mistakes is called “exploitative play”.
Optimal Poker Strategies.
Optimal poker play makes use of fundamentally sound strategies, which are independent from your opponent’s actions.
These are your baseline strategies, the strategies that you are adjusting from. Great poker isn’t just about making these adjustments and exploiting your opponents’ mistakes.
This core baseline strategy tells you what to do if your opponent isn’t a bad player, doesn’t make a mistake and if you don’t have to adjust your play style.
It’s here that your poker game theory can help you best.
The goal of your baseline strategy, is to be able to balance it so that other players can’t make any profitable adjustments to you, thereby countering even the very best of players.
The following articles in this section on the mathematics of poker are the most common uses of mathematics in poker.
However in order to succeed in poker, one has to utilize both a pure and mixed strategy styles of play.
The central theme of these articles on the mathematics of poker are to maximize your average profits.
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