Game Selection and Optionality in Poker

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Game Selection and Optionality in Poker

What’s up troops!?

First off, a little hack that might be useful for some of you. 

Pokerstars has a feature/bug, where if you log in from an unfamiliar IP address and then send someone money through their player transfer feature, the transfer gets denied and your account has to go through security review. You can avoid this flag by playing a single orbit of zoom. BUT this author, currently waiting out quarantine in Mexico, recently forgot to play that orbit before attempting a transfer and so tripped this security flag.. for the 3rd time this year.

Pokerstars claim to complete these security checks ‘within minutes’, but unfortunately this is a complete lie. It’s been nearly a month, and my account is still locked awaiting this review.

A year ago, this would have meant I was left with $0 on any poker site, and that my playing hourly would have fallen from X to 0, at least temporarily. I would have lost days getting set up on some other site, and then likely would have had to play considerably lower as my whole bankroll would be unavailable to me. 

Optionality

Luckily for me, getting temp-banned on stars has not been the end of the world. Around 6 months ago, I decided to improve my game selection by getting set up on a bunch of sites. Instead of playing all the games (and keeping all of my bankroll) on just one site, I now keep short rolls on basically any half-reputable site that spreads games I’d like to play. I did this in order to play better games, what I didn’t realise straight away was this in doing so, I’d drastically increase the number of options I’d have available to me – my optionality.

As far as I know, this term originates with the great Nicolas Nassim Taleb, author of “Fooled by Randomness”. The general principle is that in order to be antifragile (i.e. ready to benefit from unpredictable changes) you must always look to give yourself as many options as possible, particularly when those extra options are free. Because I’d bothered to set up on so many sites, getting banned on the largest site hasn’t largely impacted my ability to play 6-8 good tables of 1k+. 

To illustrate more clearly, consider someone with 0 optionality – Taleb would give the example of someone who performs a super-specialised task for a large bureaucratic company. If this one company goes under, or restructures and fires this person, their experience isn’t relevant to anything else – they have no other options and they’re in trouble. In poker terms, someone who plays a single format on a single site is highly fragile to the soft money leaving the game, the site pulling the format, or the site itself going under.

The best poker players I know gives themselves the maximum amount of optionality. They are ready to play headsup, 6max, 9max, cash game or tournament, holdem or omaha, with or without ante, on any site, at any time. They decide what to play partly on what they feel like playing that day, but mostly depending on where the money is. 

Cliffs: be smart, give yourself options. Also fuck pokerstars.

Gl out there!

D7

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"...Overall, I highly recommend this course to anyone who owns Pio but does not feel they are getting full value out of it or using its features well; which is probably almost all users."
Danny, CFP Student
Danny, CFP StudentScotland
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'If you have the dedication and commitment these guys will no doubt improve your game and help you crush.’
Ruben, CFP Student
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'...a perfect fit for anyone who wants to take their poker game to the next level. ‘
Daniel, Blockers in 20m Customer
Daniel, Blockers in 20m CustomerSolid Content
Read More
Concise, but gives usable heuristics and insights of how to think about blockers/combo selection.
Deividas, CFP Student
Deividas, CFP StudentLithuania
Read More
' I really enjoyed working with all the coaches. THANK YOU guys. If you're really looking to improve your game, work hard and dedicate to poker, this is really good opportunity.'
Attila, CFP Student
Attila, CFP StudentHungary
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'...I feel more motivated than ever and I enjoy poker again so much that I can't stop thinking about it.'
Marc, CFP Student
Marc, CFP StudentDenmark
Read More
'...now i am winning at NL100z. This progress is only over the span of 3-4 months. I can’t emphasize enough, how good these coaches are. They are very quick to spot leaks, and give you the right tools to improve immediately.'
Chris, Blockers in 20m Customer
Chris, Blockers in 20m CustomerEye Opening Look at Blockers for Great Value
Read More
"D7 breaks down how you should think about blockers on two-tone boards, un-blockers, and how to leverage your blockers to help with close decisions. You need not be afraid of these concepts. After just a 20 minute video, I'm sure you will feel comfortable harnessing this knowledge in your next session."
Tim, CFP Student
Tim, CFP StudentTaiwan
Read More
‘…Before joining bitb I was a 50z breakeven player. Now I can continue to challenge and progress at higher level. I believe that the results of these efforts need to be attributed to the selfless dedication and transparent teaching contents from the coaches…’
J, CFP Student
J, CFP StudentFinland
Read More
"...been playing 500/1k for two months and my general feeling is im MUCH stronger player than 4months ago..."
Underdog, Blockers in 20m Customer
Underdog, Blockers in 20m CustomerInsane video
Read More
This is one of the best videos for my own poker game i have seen lately, it is worth every dollar and a lot more, thank you very much for the video
Andrija, CFP Student
Andrija, CFP StudentSerbia
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"Before i joined i was weakish z200 reg for years, without clear strategy how to play, without idea how to improve on my own, how to be the best pro i can be or how to learn efficiently.... 4 months later, and i play 500 comfortably, tried even a little bit of 1k ... didnt expect that to happen this soon"
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