There are many so called “rules” of poker and we are not always talking about the basic rules either because there are golden rules as well. For example many money management rules shouldn’t really be broken at any price. In fact we can substitute the word “rule” for the word “dogma” because fundamentally then you are trying to become indoctrinated in a certain way of playing poker when you study the game. I know that I haven’t posted for a while but that was purely because I haven’t been playing much poker of late. So the golden rule for me in these circumstances is to only play when my head is right.
So the rules of poker mean different things to different people but to sophisticated players then they mean more than just how to play the game, they mean much more than this. They basically stand for an entire ethos of poker playing. In my mind then the main reason why so many players are struggling in the modern online game is that they break perhaps the greatest of all rules without so much as even realising it. This is that they utilise and use strategies that are too widely circulated.
The effect of this can be seriously damaging but don’t take my word for it because an in depth study of evolutionary theory will reveal this to be the case. In food chains then it takes an adequate number of prey to feed the predators. If the zebra die then what is left for the lions to feed off but each other. So if every lion sat back and waited to catch food in the same way that was proving non-existent then lions wouldn’t be around for much longer. So the lesson is don’t be so quick to jump on the bandwagon of how everyone is playing the game because one thing is certain in the universe…….the masses lose.