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The Art of War in Poker

The Art of War in Poker

If we look at things from another angle, a game like poker may have to do with the brutal whirlpool of armed conflicts. Silent heroes stand on the table, move chips. It seems like a world far from the battered knees of the soldiers who have fallen deep into frozen mud, risking their lives in defense of their country and their principles.

If you bury deeper in the complex psychology and the game and you will find war in the heart and soul of poker. Players are fighters, the table is the battlefield, and betting is a weapon. Do not be fooled, poker is a war.

Battle at the table

Is this hyperbole? Exaggeration of bets? Above all, life is at stake in war. The poker tables have nothing but the bankroll and the pride of the player. Nobody is crippled, no one dies, and no one suffers from countless terrifying and tragic events that come from the war.

Looking at the front lines of battle, it would be hard to assume, even hypothetically, that there are poker players who have many points of contact with the soldiers. Without wishing to set stereotypes too freely, it would be quite easy to distinguish between an average poker player and the average soldier by their type, athletic abilities and levels of discipline.

Adjust the focus of the microscope and look at the battle at the micro level. So before, the few bright contrasts between war and poker start to blur. Let's look at the general's position. He runs the campaign, takes care of coordinating resources and strives to outsmart and fool the enemy. Thus, the strategies used during the war began to unite with those used in poker.

Poker art of war

Sun Tzu's famous work "The Art of War" has been used as one of the most important books on strategists throughout the history of the past. Written 2500 years ago, the eternal wisdom in it, pushes men from the eclectic background to the great achievements.

In the sporting field, NFL coach Bill Belichik (5 Super Cups) and Luis Felipe Scolari (Coach No. 1 of the 2002 National Football Team of Brazil) cite Sun Tzu as a vehicle for their success. 

In other areas, generals, politicians and business leaders have achieved great results and peaks by being inspired by the philosophy imposed by Tzu. If poker is a war, we can expect his doctrine to relate to some of the basic principles of poker strategy, and as we will see later, this will be the case. 

Apparently, the book "The Art of War" also examines the psychology behind the conflicts, namely those insights in particular, can be so instructive in the development of a robust strategy of conducting poker war.

Let's take a closer look at some of Sun Tzu's words and see how slightly altered in the analogy between the tactics he uses to conquer ancient China remain more relevant than ever in the modern poker game.

Sun Tzu poker

"He will beat the one who is prudent and waiting in the ambush of the enemy who is not cautious." - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"

This wisdom hit a chord in a number of key poker concepts, especially in those that are related to the position. 

An enemy ambush concept can easily be interpreted as a narrowing of the range of hands you play in an early position. So you can "wait in wait" to play a wider range of hands in a later position. The game from position will give you a wide range of weapons at your disposal. You can control the pot, bet on value and collect information about your opponent's hands much easier. 

However, you could apply Sun Tzu's thinking to maintain discipline at a time of "disaster". As poker players, we are all in situations where we know we are defeated, but we persist in the heat of the battle by making a hasty payment only to confirm our fears. "I knew you had it." This is a classic complaint after a suspicious payment.

A wise player will look to smooth those madness from his game. Throw your hand and wait for a better moment to fight. Seek your opponent when he does not have this discipline. 

"He will beat the one who knows when to fight and when not." - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"

Waiting to play in a strong position and displaying a fold discipline for mediocre hands will give you a good advantage to see a dramatic increase in your poker winnings and put you in a prime position to win the poker war.

Hopeless Conflict

"The supreme supremacy is to subdue the enemy without fighting." - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"

Sun Tzu's philosophy is very interesting because, although the title of the work seems illogical, many of its ideas stem from the idea of ​​avoiding war when it is possible.

The quote above has some very obvious applications in tournament poker. It's hard to win tournaments by playing too often to the show dawn. Mathematics says you can win several times at showdown, but there will be a moment when you will lose a single hand and see how your hopes (to win this poker war) melt.

You can lessen the possibility of this happening by earning pots without a showdown by making players quit without displaying their cards. It's probably easier to say than to do, but it's still wise to try to pick up the pot without a showdown. Raise as much as you can get rid of, capture the moments in which your opponents are not interested in the pot, steal the blinds whenever possible.

Be active and keep pace. By applying this pressure, you will get your opponents to become more and more cautious with you, and you will collect the chips quickly without having to go to a showdown too often. 

Misrepresentation of your options

"He threw bait to seduce the enemy. Create a disorderly disorder and then make a crushing blow ... Pretend to feel a sense of inferiority and encourage his arrogance. "- Sun Tzu," The Art of War "

This phrase is so significant in the poker world that we see these words echoing one of the most famous figures in poker history:

"It will never hurt if your opponents think you are a bit silly and you could hardly count your money, let alone keep them" - Amarillo Slim

Too much ego is a very common drawback for both weak and strong players. For some, it is not enough to be the best player on the table, it is important that everyone else knows and appreciates it. 

This may be against the strategy. Why share your strengths with the "enemy" on the table? In poker war, misrepresentation of your skills can only weaken your opponents' strategy and open up weaknesses in their defense. There are many ways to encourage this.

Have you ever had a chance to face a rival who has dismissed comments at your address after losing the pot? Of course it happened to you. No doubt this irritates a little, and you may even have entered a verbal conflict with each other. The next time this happens, look at it in another way.

If you have been offended, ridiculed, belittled, offended or watched high on the table, be it live or online, you have to resist the desire to turn away with a powerful defensive force. This is actually a great opportunity to secure a real and useful advantage. If other players underestimate your ability, it can only be for your benefit. You will catch them unprepared in a complex game, and neither will they expect it, nor will they believe that it is possible for someone with so little talent to do so.

If it is difficult for you to swallow your ego, see what Sun Tzu has to tell you.

"I will force the enemy to accept our strength of weakness and our weakness of strength, and so turn its strength into weakness." - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War" 

When you are in a difficult time on the battlefield, smile internally and turn your opponent's weakness into a weapon that you can use against him in the poker war.

Game of numbers

"The general who wins the battle makes a lot of bills in his fortress before the beginning of the battle, the General who loses only a few bills in advance." - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"

This incredibly sophisticated look from Sun Tzu can be taken from the Art of War and inserted directly into your poker arsenal by simply replacing the "general" with the "poker player."

It is true that there are players who have achieved enviable success without an intense mathematical analysis of poker situations. They compensate for the lack of hard work with innate talent.

If you look at your poker game, with the impartial look of a disciplined strategist, you will reap success and increase the end result.

As a starting point, we should start from the basics: the chance to make a flush draw, the chance to hit a straight, and so on. You have to draw these numbers intuitively and automatically to help you during the game when you make a pot Odds.

Also consider investing in tracking software. These packages offer a lot of useful help during the game, taking up a lot of the black job to calculate the other players' tendencies. Information such as how often your opponent raises from BU, a 3-betting frequency, and how often blinds are being defended can really help you make informed decisions about when and how to plan your attack for maximum result.

Take time to learn. Look at your already played hands, analyze where you were weak, explore what the potential of different hands play would be. Enhanced work will pay you back and provide you with an increase in profits. 

If after each poker session, look at at least one mistake you made, and if you want to fix it the next time, you will soon iron out the weaknesses in your game and you will begin to become a real threat on the battlefield.

Winning the poker war

This is proof of the eternal wisdom of Sun Tzu. We can approach the poker game by using many of its basic concepts and this will develop in a winning direction.

"Poker is ... a fascinating, wonderful, intriguing adventure in the open sea of ​​human nature," said David A Danielle. This may be the key to understanding why Sun Tzu's ancient treatise reflects the thinking of some leading poker strategists two millennia later.

Poker is a game of cards, a game of numbers, a fun, a hobby for some and a profession. But under all this, there is a complex look at the human psyche, the reason for man to do what he is doing in search of victory. Look at the essence of poker war and war and find strategies for keeping them going. Both are governed by the same things, namely those who motivate us all as human beings. 

Understand your neighbor, adapt your plans to avoid conflict, apply pressure, create a misconception of yourself and what you are holding, work hard in studying the numbers, and your game will thrive and grow.

Become a supporter of Sun Tzu poker and you will be on your way to thriving profits. We will leave the last words to himself.

"If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you should not be afraid of even a thousand battles. If you know yourself and you do not know the enemy, you will get a great defeat for each victory. But if you do not know yourself and you do not know the enemy, then you are a fool and you will be defeated in every battle. "- Sun Tzu," The Art of War "