Beitrittsdatum: 23. Apr. 2022

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Do a cost-benefit analysis. If the costs of deception exceed the benefits, play straightforwardly. Losers don’t accurately estimate costs and benefits. They just do what feels natural, which is often exactly the wrong way to go. Gamblers like to ram and jam. Conservative people like to avoid risks. Tricky players like to make fancy moves. They may all do what feels natural, even when they should act differently

You must not just act deceptively. You must also feel comfortable about it. If you feel embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed, some perceptive opponents will see right through you. Others will just sense that something is wrong and react in undesirable ways (such as calling your bluffs).

Of course, you must honor the rules. If you cheat or shoot angles, people won’t trust you or play with you. You must understand, accept, and act within the rules, while protecting your secrets.

Being devious and deceitful is precisely what one wants to be in a poker game.

—David Sklansky

Without deception poker falls apart. If we played with the cards face up, nobody would call your bets with a winner, and you couldn’t bluff with a loser.

Unpredictability is closely related to deceptiveness. Varying your play prevents opponents from knowing your cards and predicting what you will do. Otherwise, they will take you off your weak hands and not give you action on your strong ones.

You should also deceive them about your intentions. You may bet to build a pot with a good hand, protect a mediocre one, or bluff with a bad one. You may check, hoping they will check behind you, or trying for a check-raise. If they know your intentions, they can make the best play


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