Art of war in Poker?
I've read the art of war by Sun Tzu and discovered that it's basically a recipe for victory in any ambit of life. For those who don't know, it's a book about military strategy written like 3000 years ago by a high-ranked military general, and it basically contains knowledge about the most important aspects of war that should be considered.
The book consists of 13 chapters that talk about
- 1. Planning
- 2. The Challenge
- 3. Strategic Attack
- 4. Positioning
- 5. Directing
- 6. Weaknesses and Strengths
- 7. Maneuvers
- 8. Variations and Adaptability
- 9. Movement
- 10. Terrain
- 11. The Nine Battlegrounds
- 12. Attacking with Fire
- 13. Intelligence and Espionage
All those aspects refer to war, but can be adapted to anything in life if they are seen with another focus.
A simple question for those who have read it, did you actually used it for poker? was it useful?
In my case i have noticed that adapting the game to rules/knowledge is not as easy as it seems, it involves self-control and a quick adaptation to changes (actually most of the changes occur when you identify another strategy that best suits to the environment interpreted).
Also the book transmits knowledge about the different situations but says nothing about the abilities that someone must have in order to apply that knowdlege. I consider this right since each one must find his own way in perfection, but the important matter actually is being able to identify the abilities that should be learned, and start building on them.
It seems that im criticizing the book but actually those are just the aspects that in my opinion should considered by the reader to take proper advantage of the books knowdlege.
Like i said it's a recipe for victory, but it only works for me when i feel secure, motivated and focused. However even then it's not enough, like i said earlier abilities must be developed. In poker im thinking about controlling the bets, the positioning, the cards, etc, but being able to flow from the general aspects to particular ones and viceversa is something of extreme importance to my understanding.
Any comment will be well received.