Understanding Poker I. - Introduction

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This is the first part of my series dedicated to new and amateur poker players in order to give them a sort of a guiding light when it comes to fundamental principles this game is based on.

Hey everyone,

This is Tom, mostly known as Scarmaker and I would like to welcome you to the first part of my series of blogs/articles that I decided to call Understanding poker. This series is primarily meant for new and amateur/micro stakes poker players that probably make up most of TiltBook's user base rather than those who are already making money off poker, but anyone is welcome to read and post any comments or feedback.

Now, this series is not meant to teach you any kind of poker strategy like explain to you how to play ace king or what should you do when you have 18 big blinds in a tournament. The goal of my series is for you to understand how the game works and on what principles is it based on, so that you can have a basis for thinking about and coming up with strategy on your own no matter what the game or format is. The reason for why I am taking this approach to it is simple:

Breaking down something to its key fundamentals is the best and most important thing you can do in the process of understanding and eventually mastering that given thing,. whether it is poker or ANYTHING else.

Just like it is the studying of tiny tiny subatomic particles that helps physicists understand why such immensely massive objects as stars, planets or even galaxies behave the way they do, it is the studying of these fundamental principles of poker that can make you understand why any given play was good while the other one was bad. Understanding these principles is the best way of becoming able to establish the criteria based on which you can evaluate pretty much any play and, most importantly, choose the best play when it is your turn to act in a hand.

At this point, however, I believe it is only fair for me to say that I am no expert. If I was, I would probably be playing much higher stakes than I am right now and I'd be writing this blog from somewhere in the middle of Caribbean Sea rubbing money all over my titties while doing so. But as I said earlier, this series is meant for new and amateur players for whom I am confident I can still provide some valuable insight on how to proceed when trying to work out the best play.

As I believe that each topic that I am going to cover in the series is extremely important to grasp (of course it is, we have just established that anything that is fundamental is extremely important to understand), I am not going into anything specific in this first blog post and you can consider it as just a kind of introduction.

And since I would also like to keep these posts rather brief, I am saying my farewells for now and you can expect the next part very soon! I would be very happy if you could leave a comment with your thoughts at the bottom of this page.

In the meantime, all the best of luck to every TiltBook member! :)

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