What do you think about poker intuition, or intuition in general?
Intuition is an interesting concept. It's something that defies logic and mathematics and relies completely on gut feelings. I've always held logic in high regard and tend to be skeptical about things that aren't proven or tangible, but I'm wondering about intuition.
Let's take poker intuition. I'm not talking about having a read on a certain player and definitely not about pot odds
or other good reasons to play a hand, or play it a certain way. Do you ever look down at that premium hand and get a gut feeling it's going to get you in trouble? Or see 8T offsuit and just "know" you should play it? Are you right about it when that happens? Are you right more than you're wrong?
Yesterday I played a tournament with a couple of friends, and one of them was at my table. He was a couple of seats to the right of me, we were at the final table and the blinds were big. It was pretty much push or fold time. I was in middle to late position and everyone folded to me and I looked down at AK. I pushed and took the pot. He turned to me and said, "Remember this hand. I want to talk with you about it later." Later he said that he'd had AJ, definitely a fine pushing hand when short stacked, but that he'd just had a feeling that I had a better hand. I hadn't looked at my cards yet, so he couldn't have gotten any kind of tell from me. It was just a feeling he had.
Do you believe intuition is real, or coincidence that seems real because when we're right it feels so much more significant than when we're wrong? Lately I've been wanting to follow my intuition, but deviating too far from logic doesn't seem like a smart plan. Do you use a combination of both?
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