Waxing philosophically (Warning: fuzzy stuff inside)
I was building myself a list of things that change and which determine the outcome of any given poker hand, originally with the idea of trying to list how important any one of them might be. Experience / skill level you can't change game by game, but these others do change.
I guess you could try to rank them in importance, but then that would depend on the situation. At any given moment, one may outweigh any of the others, so I gave up trying to rank them even otherwise you really have to specify the situation.
Another think to think about is how much of this is under your control, or how much can you even influence or not. A lot, like your cards, your opponents' cards, community cards, blinds, bubble, are totally out of your control. Others like pot size, stack size, maybe even opponent's playing style and position you can try to manipulate to some extent.
It's interesting to think how small an edge you actually get to work with. And I guess the reason I started making this list is because I realized how much mood and attitude affects that small edge.
List of factors/considerations
- Your cards
- Estimate of opponent's cards
- Estimate of what opponent thinks your cards are
- Community cards on the table
- Community cards to come
- Pot size
- Number of player still active
- Current bets on the table
- Your table image/playing style
- Opponent's playing ability/style
- Stack size
- Blinds/ante size
Any thing else I can add to my list?