Poker As An Intellectual Game. Part Two

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Poker As An Intellectual Game. Part Two

Intellectual efforts

There are three types of intellectual efforts:

The first type of intellectual effort is a logical one.

The idea is to assume all possible actions of the opponent and to estimate all moves the player chooses to make in order to win the game.

Chess players have a “free” choice of options to choose from. The player considers all possible alternatives in turns and all possible results as well. Ideally the player chooses the best possible move which could lead him/her to victory faster (that is to checkmate the opponent’s king).

This similar “freedom” of choices can also be found in poker. But here the poker player analyses possible moves of the opponent, and then plays the game as a reaction to any action of the opponent. All these actions and the game situation can change once the next card is displayed.

The “free” choices in chess is incomparably stronger and consists of far more clear moves than in poker. Our conclusion is that a logical intellectual effort is present in both, chess and poker, however, it is more prevalent in chess.

The above-mentioned type of intellectual effort is not always used in practice. The majority of game situations are uncertain and one can hardly find a move which leads straight to victory.

The second type of intellectual effort is analytic.

Here, the player considers those variants that can lead him to one or another position. The position which the player wants to achieve so badly doesn’t guarantee him victory, but the player believes that the desired position will give him an edge over his opponent in other words he will have the position advantage or a position of superiority. This means that the player values the benefit of an advantaged position highly and expects to find moves that are more likely to lead him to victory once the desired position is attained. The desired position will be very advantageous for the player or put the opponent at a very disadvantaged position. Thus, by achieving the desired position,the player expects his chances of winning the game to be higher than those of his opponent.

In chess and in the majority of games players do not have the possibility to spend a lot of time calculating moves that can lead to victory. A player can try to get to a position that can help increase his chances of winning or a position that can help him take better actions. The factors of open lines, active disposition of figures, territorial advantage and so on refer to the position advantage in chess. In addition every player has his preferable structure, the ways of attack continuation or arrangement of defense and so on. Thus, all things been equal a player will seek a chance to achieve only these kinds of positions.

Similar advantage can be also achieved in poker. In poker the position advantage can be affected by other factors, some of which are your position in relation to your opponents, the number of opponents playing in the tournament, your aggression, the size of opponents’ stacks and so on. In all poker variants it is important to be at an advantaged position. Position in poker is as important as in chess.

One can conclude that an intellectual analytic effort is present both in chess and in poker but they are not alike as the position advantage differs somewhat in both.

Find out in Poker As An Intellectual Game. Part Three about the third intellectual effort.

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