use my knowledge of them to gain a tactical edge

  • I like rules. Some people by nature rebel against them. But whether by genetics or upbringing or whatever, I find that things go better when I pay a lot of attention to rules. This is prominently true for games and sports. If I��m going to spend a lot of time playing a game, I��m going to learn its rules like a lawyer studying for the bar exam, and then use my knowledge of them to gain a tactical edge, and to be sure that I��m not taken advantage of because of lack of familiarity with the rules. But my fondness for rules also extends to non-game situations. Over my several decades on planet Earth, I have accumulated a set of rules for life. Some of these were taught to me by my parents, some by other people, and some I have worked out for myself �� often by suffering the consequences of breaking them. There are many more, but you get the idea. I won��t claim that I always and perfectly adhere to my own rules, but I can attest that life goes by texas holdem more smoothly and easily when I do. As with life in general, I have found that poker goes better for me when I follow a comparable set of rules �� not the rules of the game, but for how I approach it. Importantly, these do not pertain to specific tactics. I have no rules that say things like, ��Never open for a raise from early position with a junk hand.�� That��s because poker is so heavily situation-dependent that there is some time, place, and circumstance for nearly every move that would be insane to use as a general practice.