Originally Posted by acpservices
What weighted value should be given to the study of the various aspect of poker? Mathmatics, tells, psychology? And are there any other fields of study that might reap benifits?
As far as formal training goes, I would weigh in strongly on the side of the mathematics. If you read the bios of the pros, it's really amazing how many of them came from an engineering, accounting or computer science background.
As to the psychology part, I am not convinced that it would make that much difference. One of my undergraduate degrees is in psychology and I spent over 10 years as a substance abuse counselor. I can honestly say that very little of my formal training, other than some of the body language stuff, made me any better at reading people than I was before receiving all that education. In fact, much of it has exactly the opposite effect because it deals far too much with whatever theory of human behavior is currently in vogue and far too little with practical applications. I would note that there are also a lot of pros who started as dealers, which I would think would be the ultimate school of "reading" card players.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.