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How Can You Tell Who’s Better?

by Matt Matros |  Published: Apr 15, 2015


Among the most common five or ten questions that I inevitably get asked at parties when a non-poker player—a civilian, if you will—finds out what I do for a living, there’s one that always proves the most difficult to answer: “How can you tell when another player is better than you? What does he or she do that makes them so good?” I’ve tried responding to this question a lot of different ways over the years, and I’ve often been unconvincing. The truth is that most players are tremendously reluctant to conclude that another player is better than they are, which makes the civilian’s question trickier than it might first seem. Serious poker players have spent hundreds or even thousands of hours coming up with what they consider the best plays for as many situations as they can think of. So when an opponent does something different from what they ...

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