MCU poker tip: Poker’s mathematical myth

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In poker, knowing exact odds doesn’t matter much. And being able to calculate complex probabilities in the heat of poker combat won’t add much to your profit.

Despite this, I’m obsessed with statistics, having calculated complex charts on poker. You don’t need to do this time-consuming math to excel. My stats serve mostly to satisfy curiosity.

Sure, you need a good grasp of how often hands will occur and how likely they are to improve. But precision beyond that has only mild benefit.

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When it’s your turn to act, you have only seconds to decide. If you concentrate too hard on getting odds exact, you’ll be wasting time you could use to make more important decisions regarding tells and tendencies of opponents.

Yes, you need to know approximately how strong hands are, and you need to gauge your prospects reasonably. But the notion that you must make lightning-fast calculations under pressure is a poker myth. — MC

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  1. Poker as in life needs to be approached holistically, focusing too hard on one aspect blinkers you from other possibly profitable ideas. I personally just love the game and I cherish the competition, psychology and Maths both have a part to play when it comes to winning consistently…but knowing what makes people tick and then using that knowledge is worth its weight in gold. Fully agree with you Mike!

  2. I LOVE this! Absolutely. If you’ve got enough experience, these statistics and odds become second nature. You know when it’s time to raise, call or muck them.

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