Poker is more advanced than you might first think. One explanation for this is that both psychological and mathematical aspects of the game interact.
It is not just a matter of sitting and waiting for situations that are statistically very advantageous, but also of gaining advantages by making others believe that they exist in a certain way.
When you place your bids in the betting
rounds, you also hand out important information to the others about your card.
If you have an almost certain winning
hand, you may be tempted to bet frantically at the same time as it risks
scaring away other players who realize this and fold. Then the pot may not be
as big as it could have been if you had proceeded more calmly.
Playing very irrationally is not good
either, ie to often bet and raise on junk cards or often treat the good cards
The other players will certainly find it
difficult to figure out what you are sitting with too short when you place your
But you will still lose in the long run
because you do not get the big pots when you win, plus you will waste
unnecessarily much when someone else is the favorite for the pot.
So it is a matter of finding a balance
between playing reasonably misleading and reasonably statistically correct so
that you do not waste or miss favorable situations. Thanks to its complexity
and depth, poker has proven to be an excellent study object in game theory.
Poker has links to economic theory where
market players make decisions with insufficient information.
A major and difficult challenge for
researchers in artificial intelligence is to design computer programs that can
compete with the best human players. To become really good at poker, you have to
play a lot to gain experience in a lot of different situations.