Originally Posted by TheseNutsWin
MrSticker... I got the book yesterday and started reading it.. I`m up to page 70.. What i`m wondering is this.. Since the author keeps repeating how not to make decisions based on the emotions i wonder why do all the professional players like to call sometimes because of their instinct not because they are making a correct call based on +EV.. That's what i`m confused about.. The author insists on making +EV decisions , how does that work when you have a feeling that someone is bluffing you but let say you dont have enough odds to call.. I`m a bit confused .. maybe it will come when i read the whole book.. but maybe it wont..
Well, "instinct" is different than a good read. Good players must consider what they sense in their decisions just as much as the odds that they figure out. So if a player has the wrong odds to play their hand (a draw, an underpair, etc.) but they have spotted a tell or a pattern in their opponent that says they are bluffing, then that information actually improves their odds in the form of what is called "implied odds". A good player would be pretty dumb to ignore what they've learned from watching their opponents that could influence decisions.
When I read the word "instinct", I think of a "hunch" or "gut feeling" and I don't believe in those much in poker. Rather, I believe a good read is based on what a player sees & hears and could turn a -EV situation into a +EV one.