is a Fundamental Theorem of Algebra and a Fundamental
Theorem of Calculus. So it's about time to introduce
the Fundamental Theorem of online poker games. online
poker games, like all card games, is a game of incomplete
information, which distinguishes it from board games
like chess, backgammon, and checkers, where you can
always see what your opponent is doing. If everybody's
cards were showing at all times, there would always
be a precise, mathematically correct play for each
player. Any player who deviated from his correct play
would be reducing his mathematical expectation and
increasing the expectation of his opponents.
Of course, if all cards were exposed at all times,
there wouldn't be a game of online poker games. The
art of online poker games is filling the gaps in the
incomplete information provided by your opponent's
betting and the exposed cards in open-handed games,
and at the same time preventing your opponents from
discovering any more than what you want them to know
about your hand.
That leads us to the Fundamental Theorem of online
Every time you play a hand differently from the way
you would have played it if you could see all your
opponents' cards, they gain; and every time you play
your hand the same way you would have played it if
you could see all their cards, they lose. Conversely,
every time opponents play their hands differently
from the way they would have if they could see all
your cards, you gain; and every time they play their
hands the same way they would have played if they
could see all your cards, you lose.
in your bathrobe probably won't hurt your Internet
poker results, but many of the other acts you can
indulge in while safely ensconced in the privacy of
your own home can. Beer and poker might go together,
but beer (and/or other drugs) and winning poker don't
Just as playing multiple games can lower your expected
bets-per-hour winning rate, so, too, can distractions
such as television, food, drink, and other work. These
other distractions can't add to your bottom line the
way playing in a second or third game can.
Playing in a completely relaxed state might be fine
if you're looking to Internet poker as a way to relax.
If you want to win, you might want to turn the TV
off and stay focused on the task at hand.