Join date: May 1, 2022

Logic is a completely different process. You break decisions into a series of steps. Both the steps and their order are clearly defined and can be easily explained David Sklansky, the leader of the logical school of poker, wrote: “When I speak of logic, I [mean] the formal type of reasoning that is characterized by frequent use of words ‘if…then.’”

His books, including those written with Mason Malmuth, Ray Zee, and Ed Miller, are rigorously logical, and they have revolutionized poker. Nearly every serious player—including the intuitive ones—studies them. They break the decision-making process into elements. The premises are extremely explicit. Probabilities may be assigned to each possibility, and they are added to make an overall risk/reward assessment. For example, if you raise, there is an x% chance that you will win the pot immediately, a y% chance that you will get a free card later, and a z% chance that you will catch a winning card. No individual outcome justifies the raise, but since their combination is +EV, you should raise.

These books urge readers to think logically, to make their premises explicit, and to know why they make decisions, rather than relying on feelings. Before I worked with Sklansky and Malmuth, an excellent bridge partner made the same point: “As long as you can tell me why you made a bid or played a card, I will never get angry because I can correct your thinking. But if you do something just because you feel like it, I’ll get mad.”

By making decisions logically, I can improve them. Conversely, when I rely on feelings, I make the same mistakes repeatedly.

More actions