Uses of Poker Theory and Models

The theory of poker helps us to gain a deeper understanding of essential elements of the game. They help us develop a perspective of the game. Some of the current theories are given in the below table.


As you can see, each of these different theoretical perspectives relatively focuses on the key variables of some particular aspect of the game. No one of these theoretical perspectives provides a complete theory of poker but each of them has its uses in developing a complete understanding of the poker games.


THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES AND GAME CONDITIONS
Perspective
Game conditions
Poker is a struggle among the players for the rights to the ante. Very tight, tight
Money flows from bad players to good players. All game types
Poker is a game of money and odds. Loose and very loose games
Poker is a game of partial information. Very tight, tight, typical, loose, aggressive
Poker is a game of strategy and deception Very tight, tight, typical, aggressive
Poker is a contest between a made hand and a drawing hand Tight or typical
Poker is a game of kickers and hand domination Tight or very tight
Poker is a game of manipulation and pressure Typical loose, very loose


Uses of Poker Models

The model of theory of poker helps us explore the implication of a particular theory. It is through the analysis of either a formal mathematical model or a conceptual model of a theory that we can uncover the strengths and weakness of a particular theoretical perspective. A good poker model is not going to try to reflect every nuance and quirk of the poker game. We can use explicit poker models, inspired by the appropriate theoretical perspective, to analyze the effect of the wide range of decisions - from deciding whether to play in a particular game or deciding whether to raise with an A, A.

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