I have been struggling a bit lately with my game (inspite of putting up decent results attributed mostly to run good) and so decided to pen down a few thoughts regarding hand analysis and decision making in poker.
Most of us know pretty well, that the amount of variables involved in a poker decision are huge, from the level 1 “whats my hand” to the nth level “he knows i know that he knows that i know he knows my range looks polarized” thinking.
So what exactly is a thorough and complete hand analysis and what constitutes a complete poker mind? Here are two well known examples from the poker world of in-depth hand analysis by two of the best in the world:
[URL=”http://www.philgalfond.com/acoupleofhands/”]Phil Galfond’s analysis[/URL]
[URL=”http://www.leggopoker.com/blogs/sauce123/poker-blog-hands-sauce-1-10691.html”]Sauce’s hand analysis [/URL]
The examples above give you an idea as to how deep and thorough the thought process is of the very best, but more importantly it also shows how quickly these guys are able to put together information from player history, dynamics, tendencies, HUD stats and create a complete picture of what is going on.
The second part, I think, is what separates the best from the rest. After all we all have a HUD, we use words like dynamics and reads like chump change, yet how good are we really at assimilating and processing all the information that we have to make an informed poker decision? Are our poker instincts so finely honed that making these decisions are almost a second nature to us at the poker tables?