It's A Sin To Mistake Bad Play For Bad Luck!While the naive will be tempted to define poker as a simple game of cards that you play with other people, advanced players agree that this is actually a game of people played with cards. Since the human factor has a very important role to play in this game, mistakes only come natural. This is why I can state from a broad point of view that winning at poker means understanding the distinction between big and small mistakes.
What is a poker mistake?In my opinion – and I'm confident many of you agree with me – a mistake in poker represents a play with negative expected value. Even though it sounds fancy, expected value refers to the wager ROI and should never be confused or placed in the same sentence with luck. In addition, expected value is also a term directly linked to odds. Therefore, luck comes and goes and in the long run, it evens out. Here is an example: let's assume you are playing $0.5 to $1 no-limit Hold'em and you made a bad decision costing you 5 cents, while your opponent lost 20 dollars. Even though both of you lost, judging on the sums, your mistake can be classified as a small mistake, whereas the other player made a big mistake. Why? Well, because of these 3 main reasons:
- Pot size
- The odds of the opponent having certain card combinations
- Wrongfully evaluating the value of the hand you are about to play