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Poker Strategy vs. Poker Tactics

Think less about tactics and more about strategy

by Matt Matros |  Published: Apr 29, 2011

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There are many different ways to think about poker. Books have been written about how to isolate physical tells, how to avoid tilt, how to break the game down into mathematical concepts, and, of course, how to play specific hands in specific situations. Poker is incredibly appealing precisely because of this variety of skills that it requires. But how do we know which of those skills to concentrate on? Many things may be important, but most of us can focus on only one thing at a time. I can’t prescribe a foolproof method for everyone, but I will say that most players would benefit by thinking less about tactics and more about strategy. For those who may not know the difference (I didn’t know until recently), strategy refers to big-picture decisions about your overall game plan. Tactics are the mechanisms by which you execute your game plan. Planning to play ...


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