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The Poker Player’s Manifesto — Know Yourself

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: May 13, 2015


Way back in part sixteen of this series, I started down a road inspired by a Sun Tzu quote from The Art of War. Three thousand words later, I have made it through knowing your enemy. We discussed general reconnaissance, learning your opponents’ styles and hand ranges, always seeking new information and cataloguing it away for future use. Then we discussed conditional probability, the concept that wrestles with human behavior and decision making-skewing mathematical probabilities. An opening raise on the bubble of the World Series of Poker main event means something different than the first hand of the tournament. Then we talked about tells and using body language to directly apply conditional probability to opponents’ individual hand ranges. Let’s talk about ourselves now. “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your ...

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