re: Poker & Is poker education overrated?
Originally Posted by wanderingthehall
There is no limit to education. The more you learn, the more you can mix up strategies against your opponents and understand why your opponent is doing what he is doing. To make the decision that you don't need to learn anything else, you are essentially giving up on developing your skills and will not be as profitable.
That is fine provided you can understand what your opponent is doing, and why. But unfortunately lots of players, at least in the lower stakes, don't know what they are doing themselves! So the OP, I suspect, is really asking whether the large amount of analysis that currently goes into trying to get perfect play is now worth doing. And I suspect it is not - I laugh to see some of the over-analysis done on this site. For instance, I have seen posters putting a player on a 'range' when they know absolutely nothing about him (or her). And they quote odds
to justify a move when it's very possible that the decision of the online opponent rests on nothing more than how he is going to play another hand on another table, or whether his wife wants him to remove a spider from the bath!
I think it's a trap lots of players are falling into. After all it was Chris Ferguson who, after years of working on analysing odds and probabilities, had to modify his calculations because his opponents were not playing anything like perfect poker.
I know I will be shot down, but I think that understanding people and human nature is at least as important as the cards. Always will be...