re: Poker & How do you "rate" or know how good a poker player is?
I agree with Egon about disagreeing. Table selection is a poker skill. If you're good enough at that to outweigh someone else's superior theoretical understanding of, say, pot odds
, then you're a better player than him or her.
You can define it any which way you want to, really. A couple of suggestions:
1. The player who has won the most money in his life.
2. The player who has won the most money in the last month.
3. The player who has won most consistently (perhaps Jamie Gold isn't the pinnacle in this case)
4. The player who wins the most per hour.
5. The player who wins the most per table.
6. The player who wins the most per 100 hands.
7. The player who has the best A-game.
8. The player who has the best C-game.
9. It's a game after all: The player who has the most fun.
10. The player who has mastered all of the different poker variants best.
11. The player who can play the wildest style and still win.
But it all comes down to what you're trying to achieve by this rating. If your goal is to know who to avoid at the tables you sit, then "the players I'm least likely to show a profit from" are the good players. If you want to know because you're trying to learn from them, then perhaps #4 and #9 are the things you should look at. If it's an ego-stroking thing (and let's be honest, we all do it) then define a "good player" to be something that stresses your own strengths and you'll feel pretty good about it.