PA Principle Week 19

When you have to make decisions at the poker table, what are the questions you ask yourself? What are things you take into consideration before deciding to bet, check, call, fold or raise?

This is your decision-making process. What separates the best from the rest, is that they know what to take into consideration, what is actually relevant and they ask themselves the right questions.

A good example is river hero calling or hero folding. Generally, stations ask themselves on the river; “what are his bluffs” they might not do this consciously, but their bias will lean towards not wanting to be bluffed and therefore preferring to call.

If you can identify with this, it may be worth digging into deeper to see what the root cause of this bias is. Then, because we asked our brain to look for bluffs, our brain answers by listing you all the possible bluffing combination villain has, and there for you end up calling.

Now let’s say you are on the other side of the spectrum and tend to be the overfolding type as you just see two pairs, sets, and straight everywhere. A good chance is that you also have a bias which leans towards the safer side, which again is worth digging deeper into.

Sometimes this might only happen temporarily, for example if I have been running bad and have been shown the nuts for weeks in a row my subconscious will signal me to focus more on all the hands that have me beat to prevent further loses. These players tend to ask “what are hands that have me beat” or “what is his value”.

It's good to be aware of the possibility that you think your decisions are being made rationally, but that potentially not being the case in reality.

How big of an impact does your bias have on your decision-making process, and which questions should you train yourself to ask more frequently? What you think is right, minus or plus your bias, is the correct answer.
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