The Best Poker Strategy Advice From The Art of War

Poker Strategy Advice From The Art of War


This
article
was
written
by
blackrain79.com
contributor
Fran
Ferlan.


Poker
is
war.
People
pretend
it
is
a
game.”

Doyle
Brunson
With
more
than
half
a
century
of
poker
experience,
Texas
Dolly
sure
knows
what
he
is
talking
about.
Poker
is
war,
albeit
of
a
more
civilized
sort.
And
war,
war
never
changes.
So
why
not
learn
the
lessons
from
the
most
famous
war
manual
that
has
stood
the
test
of
time
and
apply
them
on
the
felt?

The
Art
of
War
is
an
ancient
Chinese
military
tractate
written
close
to
two
and
a
half
millennia
ago,
and
is
traditionally
credited
to
a
military
strategist
known
as

Sun
Tzu.

It
has
been
studied
to
this
day
not
just
by
the
military,
but
by
many
businessmen,
athletes,
politicians
and
so
on.
Its
timeless
lessons
are
useful
and
applicable
wherever
there
is
conflict.
And
if
you’re
dealing
with
people
in
any
endeavour,
there
will
always
be
conflict.
So
let’s
look
at
those
lessons
and
see
if
we
can
take
them
to
the
felt
to
crush
any
and
all
opposition,
be
it
external
or
internal.


1.
Know
Your
Edge


“If
you
know
the
enemy
and
know
yourself,
you
need
not
fear
the
result
of
a
hundred
battles.
If
you
know
yourself
but
not
the
enemy,
for
every
victory
gained
you
will
also
suffer
a
defeat.
If
you
know
neither
the
enemy
nor
yourself,
you
will
succumb
in
every
battle.”

Sun
Tzu
What
makes
poker
profitable?
The
fact
that
everyone
thinks
they
know
how
to
play.
And
it’s
true.
Poker
is
an
incredibly
simple
game
to
learn,
but
incredibly
difficult
to
master.
Most
people
never
go
past
the
surface
level
understanding
of
the
game.
In
fact,
most
people
don’t
really
understand
it’s
a
skill
game
in
the
first
place.
It’s
a
card
game
after
all,
so
how
could
it
possibly
be
about
anything
other
than
luck?
So
those
that
know
that
it’s
all
about
skill
in
the
long
run
are
the
only
ones
that
are
actually
able
to
make
money.
That’s
why
there
are
professional
poker
players,
yet
there
are
no
professional
blackjack
or
bingo
players.
Poker
is
all
about
awareness.
To
quote
the
great

Daniel
Negreanu,
you
have
to
understand
that
everything
you
do
at
the
poker
table
conveys
information.

If
you
are
aware
of
your
own
strengths
and
weaknesses,
you
have
a
huge
leg
up
on
the
competition,
but
that’s
only
one
piece
of
the
puzzle.
Knowing
the
rules
and
the
winning
strategy
in
theory
will
only
get
you
so
far.
This
is
something
that
Nathan
“BlackRain79”
Williams
actually
specifically
discusses
in
his
latest
video:
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The
key
point
here
though
is,
if
you’ve
mastered
the
fundamentals,
the
next
step
is
understanding
the
opponents
you’re
up
against.
Are
they
a
fish
or
a
regular?
Are
they
too
loose/tight,
too
passive/aggressive?
What
are
their
weaknesses,
and
how
can
I
exploit
them?
What
is
the
best
strategy
to
use
against
them
individually,
as
well
as
against
the
table
as
a
whole?
How
do
they
perceive
me,
and
how
can
I
use
it
to
my
advantage?
One
wonderful
thing
about
poker
is
that
the
more
you
immerse
yourself
in
it,
the
more
you
recognize
how
deeply
complex
the
game
is.
The
more
you
learn,
the
more
you
realize
how
much
you
actually
don’t
know.
This
is
the
paradox
of
knowledge.
Think
about
the
time
you
only
started
playing
poker.
How
did
you
make
your
decisions?
How
many
factors
did
you
take
into
consideration?
I’m
guessing
very
few.
Then
you
started
learning
about
playing
in
position,
pot
odds
and
implied
odds,
outs
and
equity,
board
textures,
stack-to-pot
ratio,
bet
sizing,
hand
ranges
and
so
on
and
so
forth.
And
these
are
just
the
basics.
Today
you’re
taking
all
of
this
information
in
account
and
then
some,
often
not
even
realizing
it
consciously.
Now
consider
your
average
fish.
How
many
variables
do
they
take
into
account
when
making
their
decisions?
Hopefully,
far
less
than
you.
And
this
is
where
your
edge
lies.
Your
winnings
are
the
sum
total
of
all
your
edges
played
out
over
a
huge
sample
size.
So
if
you
know
yourself
and
you
know
your
opponents,
and
can
recognize
your
skill
edge
over
them,
you
need
not
fear
the
result
of
a
hundred
coinflips.


2.
Adapt
to
Your
Surroundings
to
Stay
Ahead


“Water
shapes
its
course
according
to
the
nature
of
the
ground
over
which
it
flows;
the
soldier
works
out
his
victory
in
relation
to
the
foe
whom
he
is
facing.”

Sun
Tzu
What
is
the
best
poker
winning
strategy?
Tight
and
aggressive?
Loose
and
aggressive?
Something
else
entirely?
It’s
none
of
those
things,
and
all
of
those
things
at
the
same
time.
There
are
simply
way
too
many
variables
to
consider
at
any
given
hand,
so
there
is
no
one-size-fits
all
strategy
for
every
situation.
The
best
strategy
is
therefore
one
of
adaptability.
You
will
never
play
the
same
poker
hand
twice.
What
works
on
one
table,
won’t
work
on
another.
So
in
order
to
stay
ahead,
you
need
to
constantly
adapt
to
your
surroundings.
And
if
you
adapt
successfully,
your
more
cognizant
opponents
might
adapt
to
your
adaptation
and
so
on.
There’s
no
such
thing
as
standing
still.
That’s
what
makes
poker
such
an
incredibly
dynamic
game,
so
it’s
your
job
to
always
stay
one
step
ahead
of
the
competition.
The
biggest
winners
in
the
game
aren’t
those
who
play
perfectly
balanced
ranges
at
all
times
and
are
utterly
unexploitable,
but
the
ones
that
are
perfectly
adaptable
in
relation
to
their
opponents.
They
recognize
their
individual
strengths
and
weaknesses,
and
use
them
to
maximize
their
profit.
Now,
that’s
not
to
say
that
there
will
be
situations
where
the
best
tactic
will
in
fact
be
to
have
perfectly
balanced
ranges
at
all
times,
but
that’s
also
being
adaptable
in
relation
to
your
opponents.
You
have
to
remember,
however,
that
you
are
in
fact
playing
against
living,
breathing
humans.
Nobody
plays
perfectly
100%
of
the
time,
and
everybody
has
leaks
in
their
game.
Some
less
than
others,
but
they
still
have
them.
You
just
have
to
dig
a
bit
deeper
to
find
them.
Improvise,
adapt,
overcome.


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3.
Make
No
Mistakes
And
You
Will
Win


“He
wins
the
battle
by
making
no
mistakes.
Making
no
mistakes
is
what
establishes
the
certainty
of
victory,
for
it
means
conquering
an
enemy
that
is
already
defeated.”

Sun
Tzu
Here
is
a
thought
to
have
at
the
forefront
of
your
mind
every
time
you
sit
down
at
the
table:
Most
of
the
money
you
win
won’t
be
the
direct
result
of
your
superior
skills,
but
of
the
inadequacies
of
your
opponents.
When
playing
poker,
your
goal
should
not
be
to
outplay
your
opponents.
That’s
fighting
a
losing
battle.
You
should
let
them
try
to
outplay
you.
The
secret
to
winning
in
poker
is
actually
very
simple:
don’t
make
any
mistakes.
It’s
easier
said
than
done,
of
course,
but
there
really
is
nothing
more
to
it.
But
how
can
you
get
to
the
point
of
not
making
any
mistakes?
Well,
that’s
simple,
too.
By
making
a
lot
of
mistakes.
I
think
the
great
Danish
physicist

Niels
Bohr
put
it
best:


“An
expert
is
a
person
who
has
made
all
the
mistakes
that
can
be
made
in
a
very
narrow
field.”
The
trick
is
to
actually
learn
from
your
mistakes.
Let’s
face
it,
we
all
make
all
kinds
of
asinine
plays
from
time
to
time.
Some
more
than
others.
And
we’re
often
flabbergasted
with
our
own
idiocy.
How
many
times
have
you
said
to
yourself
something
along
the
lines
of:
How
the
hell
could
I
have
been
so
stupid?
Or:
I
knew
he
had
it,
why
the
[email protected]#
did
I
call
him
down?
It’s
normal
to
be
critical
of
yourself
in
those
kinds
of
situations.
You
have
a
feeling
that
you
should
have
known
better
by
now.
But
it’s
all
a
part
of
the
learning
process.
If
you
know
you
made
a
mistake,
that’s
a
lot
better
than
not
knowing
you’ve
made
one.
It
takes
a
great
deal
of
repetition
and
deliberate
practice
to
get
to
the
point
of
just
knowing
what
to
do
effortlessly.
It
takes
a
lot
longer
than
many
people
realize.
Knowledge
is
difficult.
And
the
learning
curve
is
not
a
straight
line.
It’s
more
of
a
zig-zaggy,
one
step
forward,
two
steps
back
kind
of
line.
So
if
you
make
a
mistake,
it
simply
means
that
your
skill
is
not
so
far
ahead
on
the
learning
curve
you
assumed,
and
you
haven’t
really
mastered
it
yet,
but
that’s
ok.
You
are
getting
closer
one
mistake
at
a
time.
As
long
as
you
learn
from
the
experience,
it’s
not
really
a
mistake,
but
a
learning
opportunity.
If
you
never
ever
make
any
mistakes,
it
doesn’t
necessarily
mean
you’ve
mastered
something.
It’s
more
likely
that
you’re
just
not
improving
and
challenging
yourself.
And
that’s
a
mistake
in
and
of
itself.


4.
Pick
Your
Battles


“The
wise
warrior
avoids
the
battle.”

Sun
Tzu
This
one
may
seem
counterintuitive
at
a
first
glance,
but
if
you
think
about
it,
it
makes
a
lot
of
sense.
Winning
poker
is
not
only
about
winning
huge
pots,
but
also
about
losing
as
little
as
necessary.
The
sum
total
of
the
two
determine
your
long
term
profitability,
and
both
are
equally
important.
Beginner
poker
players
often
don’t
realize
this,
and
that’s
why
they
play
way
more
hands
than
they
should.
After
all,
how
could
you
hope
to
win
if
you
don’t
play?
They
think
that
folding
is
weak,
so
they
play
too
many
hands,
and
stay
in
the
hand
longer
than
they
should.
Just
play
all
the
hands,
you
can’t
miss
them
all,
right?
Of
course,
as
any
decent
player
knows,
playing
too
many
hands
in
poker
is
just
about
one
of
the
worst
things
you
can
do.
In
fact,
as

Pareto
principle
would
suggest,
about
80%
of
all
your
winnings
will
come
from
only
the
top
20%
of
hands.

Winning
poker
is
about
picking
your
spots,
not
just
hoping
to
smash
the
flop,
because
mathematically
speaking,
you’ll
miss
far
more
often
than
not.
And
you
can’t
outrun
math.
When
the
odds
are
against
you,
you
should
do
everything
you
can
to
hedge
your
bets,
instead
of
throwing
your
money
in
with
a
mathematical
disadvantage.
If
you
do
that,
you
might
as
well
go
play
the
lottery.
You
should
also
consider
the
opponents
you’re
up
against,
as
mentioned
previously.
If
you’re
up
against
decent,
thinking
players,
sometimes
the
best
play
is
not
to
play
at
all.
If
you
don’t
expect
them
to
make
a
lot
of
mistakes,
and
you
don’t
make
any
mistakes,
you’re
basically
just
trading
the
money
back
and
forth,
while
the
house
takes
their
cut.
You
should
always
get
involved
with
some
kind
of
edge,
be
it
better
cards,
position,
or
superior
skill
(hopefully
all
three).
If
none
of
the
factors
are
working
in
your
favour,
wait
for
a
better
spot.
So
next
time
you
are
dealt
a
marginal
hand
out
of
position
in
a
multiway
pot,
for
example,
stop
and
consider
is
it
profitable
to
get
involved,
and
do
the
potential
benefits
outweigh
the
risks.
Are
you
putting
yourself
in
a
profitable
situation,
or
will
you
just
throw
money
away
most
of
the
time?
Pick
your
spots,
pick
your
battles,
and
the
rest
will
take
care
of
itself.


5.
Don’t
Be
Afraid
to
Mix
it
Up


“In
battle,
there
are
not
more
than
two
methods
of
attack

the
direct
and
the
indirect;
yet
these
two
in
combination
give
rise
to
an
endless
series
of
maneuvers.”

Sun
Tzu
There
are
two
lines
you
can
take
in
every
spot
you
play,
aggressive
lines
like
betting,
raising,
and
reraising,
and
passive
lines
like
checking,
calling
and
folding.
But
the
number
of
combinations
you
can
take
throughout
the
hand
are
immeasurable.
You
should
be
aware
of
them
at
all
times,
and
try
to
take
the
most
profitable
line
in
every
spot.
This
can
only
be
done
if
you
look
at
the
bigger
picture.
You
shouldn’t
just
choose
what
to
do
on
one
street,
but
consider
the
future
streets
as
well.
Then,
and
only
then
can
you
make
the
most
+EV
decisions.
The
players
that
consider
more
options
give
themselves
more
ways
to
win.
If
you
are
only
calling
or
folding,
you
can’t
expect
to
be
a
winning
player.
Think
of
it
this
way,
would
you
rather
have
two
bullets
in
a
gunfight,
or
six?
The
more
lines
you
can
think
of
and
pull
off,
the
harder
you’ll
be
to
play
against.
If
you’re
doing
the
same
things
over
and
over,
you’re
going
to
become
predictable
very
soon.
Even
if
your
strategy
is
winning
you
money
for
some
time,
your
opponents
might
adjust
and
start
exploiting
you.
You
have
to
be
willing
to
mix
it
up
here
and
there.
If
you
are
mostly
c-betting
the
flop
for
value,
for
example,
you
might
want
to
try
an
occasional
check-raise,
or
a
delayed
c-bet
instead.
If
you
fold
a
lot
from
the
big
blind,
you
can
3-bet
light
against
steal
attempts
from
time
to
time.
There’s
no
such
thing
as
a
standard
play.
Playing
ABC
poker
can
only
get
you
so
far
as
BlackRain79
discusses
in

this
video:

Keep
expanding
your
knowledge,
and
don’t
be
afraid
to
try
something
unconventional
every
so
often.
Give
yourself
the
permission
to
try
something
creative.
When
you
get
the
fundamentals
down
you
have
to
keep
pushing
the
envelope.
There
is
room
for
creativity
in
poker.
There
are
possibilities
for
those
who
are
willing
to
search
for
them.
You
probably
won’t
discover
some
groundbreaking
new
strategy,
but
that’s
not
the
goal.
The
goal
is
to
start
seeing
the
opportunities
you
might
have
missed
before.
If
nothing
else,
you’ll
make
yourself
a
more
difficult
adversary,
and
that’s
not
to
be
underestimated.


6.
Be
the
One
to
Dictate
the
Tempo


“The
clever
combatant
imposes
his
will
on
the
enemy,
but
does
not
allow
the
enemy’s
will
to
be
imposed
on
him.”

Sun
Tzu
This
one
is
all
about
thinking
proactively
instead
of
reactively.
When
you
play
reactively,
you’re
not
really
in
control
of
the
outcome.
And
since
we
can’t
always
control
the
outcome
when
playing
poker,
it
doesn’t
really
make
sense
to
relinquish
the
control
we
do
have.
Players
who
play
passively
are
at
the
mercy
of
the
pace
their
opponents
dictate.
If
you
just
check
or
call
most
of
the
time,
you
let
your
opponents
dictate
the
price
of
the
hand.
They
basically
say:
if
you
want
to
get
involved,
this
is
how
much
it
will
cost
you.
You
become
their
customer,
instead
of
the
other
way
around.
Now,
that’s
not
to
say
that
you
should
be
betting
and
raising
every
chance
you
get
and
try
to
bulldoze
your
way
to
victory.
While
it
may
work
in
the
short
term,
it’s
hardly
an
optimal
strategy.
It’s
antithetical
to
the
previous
tips
about
biding
your
time
and
picking
your
battles.
If
you
respond
to
aggression
to
mindless
aggression
of
your
own,
you
are
still
reacting
to
your
opponents
and
let
them
set
the
pace.
So
how
do
you
play
proactively?
By
not
merely
playing
every
spot
in
a
vacuum
and
responding
to
your
opponent’s
action
street
by
street,
but
by
looking
ahead
and
considering
all
the
possible
outcomes.
For
example,
you
call
a
flop
c-bet
just
because
and
then
fold
to
a
double
barrel
on
the
turn.
The
proactive
approach
would
be
to
first
consider
all
the
previous
action
and
available
info,
try
to
estimate
their
range,
ask
what
would
happen
if
I
call
or
raise,
what
kind
of
action
do
I
expect
on
future
streets,
which
turn
cards
would
help
me
and
which
would
favour
their
range
and
so
on.
The
more
questions
you
can
answer,
the
more
informed
your
decision
will
be.
Because
after
all,

information
is
power
in
poker.


7.
Preparation
is
Half
the
Battle


“Victorious
warriors
win
first
and
then
go
to
war,
while
defeated
warriors
go
to
war
first
and
then
seek
to
win.”

Sun
Tzu
Consistently
winning
poker
players
set
themselves
up
to
succeed
even
before
they
even
sit
down
to
play.
This
is
going
to
be
a
little
long-winded,
but
bear
with
me
on
this
one.
Consider
an
elite
athlete
for
a
second.
What
do
they
do
prior
to
the
big
game?
Are
they
partying
non-stop,
living
it
up,
and
then
just
show
up
and
sweep
the
competition
thanks
to
their
godlike
abilities
and
innate
talent?
Or
are
they
working
their
ass
off
in
the
gym,
practicing
rigorously,
watching
what
they
eat,
and
getting
sufficient
amounts
of
sleep
every
single
day?
On
top
of
that,
they
are
intensely
focused
on
their
craft,
watch
game
tapes,
devise
strategies
with
their
coaches
and
teammates,
maybe
even
meditate
and
overall
look
for
every
tiny
edge
they
can
in
order
to
get
a
leg
up
on
their
competition.
When
you
are
competing
at
a
world
class
level,
every
little
thing
counts
and
adds
up.
Those
that
are
willing
to
go
the
extra
mile
are
the
ones
that
eventually
rise
to
the
top,
propped
up
by
the
right
amount
of
fortune
at
the
right
time.
Poker
is
no
different
in
that
regard,
except
the
fortune
factor
is
far
more
pronounced
in
the
short
term.
But
over
a
long
enough
timeframe,
all
those
little
edges
will
add
up,
and
the
best
will
rise
to
the
top.
But
being
the
best
isn’t
all
about
being
exceptionally
talented
or
exceptionally
fortunate.
It
certainly
doesn’t
hurt,
but
it’s
not
the
whole
recipe.
There’s
always
going
to
be
someone
more
talented,
and
fortunes
won’t
always
favour
you.
When
those
things
inevitably
happen
and
you
hit
a
brick
wall,
grit
is
what
will
keep
you
moving
forward.
And
when
it
comes
to
actual
game
time,
make
sure
you
are
the
best
poker
player
at
the
table
before
even
sitting
down
to
play.
Know
that
you’ve
worked
harder
on
your
game
off
the
felt
than
anyone
else,
and
there
is
nothing
you
are
not
prepared
for,
including
a
gruelling
string
of
never
ending
bad
beats
and
suck-outs.
Practice
proper
game
selection
and
seat
selection,
make
sure
you
are
properly
bankrolled
for
the
stakes
you
play
(the
bigger
bankroll,
the
better),
and
study
off
the
felt
to
fix
your
leaks.
It
also
goes
without
saying
that
you
shouldn’t
play
drunk,
high,
tired,
tilted
or
otherwise
emotionally
compromised
in
any
way,
shape
or
form.
In
short,
approach
the
game

like
a
poker
pro
does,
and
you
will
get
world
class
results.


8.
No
Guts,
No
Glory


“If
you
fight
with
all
your
might,
there
is
a
chance
of
life;
whereas
death
is
certain
if
you
cling
to
your
corner.”

Sun
Tzu
One
final
tip
for
all
you
tournament
players
out
there.
Sometimes
you
just
have
to
roll
the
dice.
Tournament
poker
is
about
survival.
And
the
only
way
to
survive
is
to
constantly
fight
to
stay
ahead
of
shallower
and
shallower
stacks.
So
you
can’t
just
wait
out
your
way
to
the
final
table.
In
fact,
this
is
exactly
the
key
to
winning
poker
tournaments:
to
play
aggressively
around
the
bubble.
This
is
where
most
of
the
players
will
clam
up,
and
here
you
should
attack
relentlessly.
You
should
try
to
steal
the
blinds
frequently,
and
recognize
the
players
who
don’t
defend
and
are
too
tight.
If
you
are
shortstacked,
you
should
play
fold-shove
strategy.
If
you’re
deep-stacked,
you
should
exert
maximum
pressure
to
medium-to
short
stacked
weak
opponents.
The
goal
is
to
set
yourself
as
the
chip
leader
going
into
the
final
table,
instead
of
barely
making
it
with
a
few
blinds
behind.
The
top
three
finishes
have
disproportionately
big
rewards,
as
opposed
to
eighth
or
ninth
place,
for
example.
BlackRain79
discusses
this
final
table
ICM
strategy
in
much
more
detail
in

this
article.

So
if
you
actually
want
to
win
a
tournament
instead
of
just
making
it
to
the
money,
you’ll
have
to
be
willing
to
risk
your
tournament
life
at
any
time.
Sure,
there
will
be
times
when
laying
low
and
biding
your
time
is
the
correct
approach,
but
it
can’t
be
the
only
approach.
Remember
you’re
playing
no-limit
poker,
so
your
whole
stack
is
on
the
line
all
the
time,
and
with
it
your
tournament
life.
Guard
it
carefully,
but
also
be
willing
to
lose
it
any
second.
And
you
might
just
win
it
all.


Summary

Poker
is
war,
except
the
battles
are
fought
with
chips
instead
of
tanks
and
cannon
fodder.
It’s
a
civilized
form
of
warfare,
and
it’s
absolutely
beautiful.
If
played
responsibly,
only
your
feelings
and
your
wallet
can
get
hurt,
so
it’s
hardly
the
end
of
the
world.
But
in
order
not
to
get
our
feelings
or
our
wallets
hurt,
we
need
to
win,
and
in
order
to
win,
we
might
want
to

heed
the
lessons
of
poker
pros
who
played
quite
higher
stakes
than
most
of
us
will
(hopefully)
ever
need
to.

It
all
starts
with
our
awareness.
Poker
is
profitable
to
the
select
group
of
people
who
not
only
know
the
game
inside
out,
but
know
how
their
opponents
think,
feel
and
act.
Your
average
fish
on
the
other
hand,
doesn’t
even
know
how
little
they
actually
know.
So
if
you’re
aware
of
your
own
skill
edge,
as
well
as
the
inadequacies
of
your
opponents,
there
is
nothing
to
fear,
not
even
the
never
ending
swings
of
fortunes.
When
you
can
read
your
opponents,
you
can
adapt
to
their
play
style
effortlessly
and
always
stay
up
one
step
ahead
of
them.
There
is
no
such
thing
as
standing
still.
You
have
to
keep
moving
and
keep
adapting,
otherwise
you
will
get
left
behind.
You
should
also
keep
trying
to
improve
and
work
on
fixing
your
leaks
off
the
felt.
The
elite
world
class
professionals
didn’t
get
to
the
top
by
having
a
sixth
sense
or
some
godlike
innate
talent,
but
by
studying
the
game
reverently
and
practicing
deliberately
for
an
insane
number
of
hours
over
many
years.
And
they
made
way
more
mistakes
on
the
way
than
most
of
us
ever
will.
That’s
what
made
them
experts.
Speaking
of
mistakes,
one
of
the
best
ways
to
avoid
them
is
to
not
put
yourself
in
the
position
to
make
them
in
the
first
place.
This
means
being
selective
about
spots
we
decide
to
get
involved
in.
A
lot
of
beginner
poker
players
simply
play
too
many
hands,
stay
in
them
too
long,
and
donate
way
too
much
money.
Sometimes
the
only
winning
play
is
not
to
play
at
all.
However,
you
also
miss
100%
of
the
shots
you
don’t
take.
So
you
will
have
to
go
out
of
your
comfort
zone
from
time
to
time.
This
means
experimenting
with
different
lines,
and
letting
go
of
the
notions
of
“standard
play”.
If
you
make
a
standard
play
every
time,
you
will
have
standard
results.
And
a
standard
result
for
an
average
poker
player
is
actually
losing
money.
If
you
don’t
tilt
and
make
huge
costly
mistakes,
you
can
expect
to
be
a
breakeven
or
a
slightly
winning
player.
So
don’t
be
afraid
to
get
creative
here
and
there.
You
might
end
up
with
the
conclusion
that
the
“standard
play
was
the
correct
one
all
along,
but
that’s
also
part
of
the
learning
process.
If
you
don’t
ever
mix
it
up,
you’re
stultifying
your
progress
as
a
player,
and
might
get
stuck
playing
the
same
stakes
all
the
time.
If
you’re
fine
where
you
are,
kudos
to
you,
but
if
you’re
reading
this
article,
you’re
probably
trying
to
take
your
game
to
the
next
level.
So
try
to
pull
off
some
crazy
bluff
in
your
next
session.
Life
is
short.
An
important
caveat,
if
you
take
this
advice
to
heart,
do
it
from
an
informed
perspective,
don’t
do
it
just
because.
Think
proactively
and
try
to
position
yourself
as
the
“table
captain”.
Set
the
tempo
yourself,
don’t
let
others
dictate
it
for
you.
Also
remember
the
success
or
failure
of
your
sessions
will
often
be
determined
way
before
you
even
sit
down
at
the
table.
Get
your
life
in
order
around
poker
first,
and
watch
your
winrate
skyrocket.
Start
with
the
fundamentals:
sleep,
diet
and
exercise.
This
will
solve
about
90%
of
your
tilting
problems,
guaranteed.
People
often
forget
how
most
problems
actually
have
really
simple
solutions.
And
finally,
remember
that
everything
in
life,
be
it
poker,
war
and
everything
in
between
comes
down
to
risk
and
reward
ratio.
Not
taking
a
risk
is
also
a
risk.
There
is
no
such
thing
as
a
sure
thing.
There
are
no
steady
jobs,
no
safe
neighbourhoods,
no
sound
investments.
Everything
is
a
risk.
And
sometimes
there
is
nothing
left
to
do
but
roll
the
dice
and
hold
our
breath.
Lastly,
if
you
want
to
know
the
complete
strategy
to
crush
small
stakes
poker
games,
make
sure
you
grab
a
copy
of
the

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