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Poker without deception

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:36 pm    Post subject: Poker without deception Reply with quote

Poker without deception is not poker.

But it is instructive.

If all our cards were "on the table", the strategy would be
so much clearer. There would still be concern about
"position" (I'm thinking Texas Hold'em here), but the most
important factor could be derived by looking at a spreadsheet.

The spreadsheet could easily offer the optimal bet.
(Can't resist putting a little Game Theory in here:
the optimal bet is the one that loses the least. I wonder
how much this orientation has contributed to Economics being
known as the "dismal science".)

But poker, real poker, has hidden cards, a little thing
called a "fold" and subsequently, a "bluff". Mainly, though,
it is a game of "incomplete information" -- unlike chess, for
example. Since you can't make your bet based on the cards
you hold compared to the cards of your competitors, you can
only base your bet on your cards, plus your predictions of
the cards of the others. In online poker (not so many "tells"),
your predictions are likely to be based on probability, your bet,
and past behavior. So, when confronting an opponent, it
pays to be unpredictable. It pays to be deceptive.

The problem is that this also costs.
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