Originally Posted by Dias Jr
All i can say is that Hanson is a new age player.. Comparing Gus's strategy to supersystem is like apples to oranges.
I'm only up to Day 2, but Gus utilizes a VERY similar strategy to what Doyle advocates. I didn't just read Super System... I dissected
it- at least, the hold'em portion (although 5-card draw is a wonderful college poker game
when mixed with beer and horny, dazed young ladies).
For a minute, forget the specifics of how Doyle plays "certain hands generally." Doyle's main strategy is to pick up small pots and freeroll with them in the bigger pots. Doyle, with his flush draw, can force a man to a decision for all
of that man's chips because Doyle picked up enough small pots to do it- and won one or two along the way. It's not terribly tight poker at all... though I do think Gus, in his Aussie millions, was raising with hands Doyle would have folded pre-flop.
So... I think Gus is using a similar strategy. Gus, on Day 2, is shoving with hands that are not up to shoving strength... he's freerolling with all of those small pots. And if he wins a race... he's freerolling with all the more chips.
But Gus has one other advantage here... Doyle is mostly talking about cash poker. This is tournament poker. It's hardly even the same game. The antes get so high in tournament poker, stealing them becomes that much more valuable. Gus is forcing
people to make bad calls.
I want to keep reading this book... but I find the two strategies actually align very well.