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Willpower: Part I

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Nov 22, 2017

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The hot topic in poker these days seems to be Game Theoretically Optimal Play. I hear questions about what is GTO play, how is it figured out, and is it guaranteed to make me a winner. I have nothing against game theory and GTO play. (In fact, I once took a course on game theory at NYU with Oskar Morgenstern, one of its discoverers.) I do, however, feel that devoting a great deal of time and effort to creating and implementing a GTO strategy is not an effective way to improve your results. Once you have some reasonable feel for bluffing and bluff catching frequencies and your ranges are relatively balanced, there are a lot of more important things on which to focus. A lot of GTO poker focuses on making non-exploitative plays. For example, if you are last to act on the river, how often should you make a ...


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