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by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Apr 16, 2014


Poker has changed so much since I started playing. The buzz words back in 2003 and 2004 were reading, tells, talent, feel. Now they’re range, weighted distributions, and balance. The game has gone through an evolution from a focus on psychology and innate skill to a focus on analytics and math. The most respected people back in the day were ones like Doyle, Amarillo Slim, and T.J. Cloutier, who had a passing knowledge of math though they probably couldn’t explain their grasp of it to you, and a whole lot of ability in reading their opponents and taking advantage of it through aggression, wit, and charm. Now, the most respected players are the ones who can use their skills in math, statistics, and game theory to devise a strategy tailored towards their own game and that of their opponents to systematically dismantle the edges that they come up against. I ...

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