Matthew is an Apple Reseller and stay at home Dad in Brooklyn, NY. He has played poker throughout his life in many venues including home games, underground card rooms, casinos, and private tournaments as well as online.
I’ve been playing poker for over twenty years. I started with home games and dealer’s choice, and have played many varieties of poker from Seven Stud Hi-Low declare to Guts to wild card games like Follow the Queen. I started playing Texas Holdem in college both in casinos and online. I have been successful playing both cash and tournaments and used poker as my primary income for several years. My tournament wins include many low buy in events anywhere from $50 to $500 buyins with prizes in the thousands. I won a satellite into the $10,000 WPT event at Foxwoods but have yet to have success at that level.
Poker for me is a social activity mixed with a competitive sport. It is a game that everyone can learn to play and nobody can ever master. I think of it as a mix between chess and rock paper scissors. I’ve seen people play who were pure math players, and others who relied solely on instinct and reads. Obviously the more skills you utilize the better off you are, but my favorite part of the game is its evolution. As players improve new strategies take over old and unless you are willing to constantly reassess your game you may lose your edge. My favorite part of poker is adjusting to the game and the table I am at. Every game has a different optimal strategy and determining the proper card selection and level of aggression at any given table is the consistent challenge that keeps me coming back.
If you play long enough you will lose. You will lose when you are ahead 4 to 1. You will lose with top set to a gut shot. You will lose to a player who has only known the game for a short while. You will lose many battles within the war that is poker. It is important that after such losses you don’t lose your wits.
March 4, 2013 Poker psychology
Rock beats scissors but loses to paper. In poker many players see the game as superlative
February 11, 2013 Poker strategy
Many people know the game of chess without “knowing” the game of chess, much like poker
December 29, 2012 Poker psychology
In this series of articles we want to look at poker from the perspective of some other games
October 29, 2012 Poker psychology