Originally Posted by Bob23bk
As others have said, no order is going to be perfect for all situations. I'm sure there are flaws in my order here but I'd say it's my general outlook.
position (a player in position has more info than one OOP)
stack sizes (determines who's exerting pressure; also take the bubble into consideration if applicable)
player types (if an opponent never goes to SD for instance, the cards really don't matter)
# of players (decent cards are not enough in a multi-way pot)
holdings (play the players, not the cards )
Thanks for this mind expanding question, at the table all of these processes happen so fast it was difficult to put them in a specific order (as they're interdependent) but it does shed light on one's tendencies.
I included my reasoning as simply listing a different order doesn't really explain why. I'd be interested to see other people's perspectives/reasons here.
Your completely right it is so hard to even start to put an order to these (very very important) variables I guess this speaks to reading players on a level. Further how do your read yourself lol. Funny enough you may think you play a certian way based on your perception of say tight yet another person may say your semi-loose. There are so many In-depth aspects to the game that new players (I'll bet many veterans aswell) don't give enough thought, not to say that these same new players don't take these variables seriously but trying to grasp them on a higher level can only improve your game.
Funny you mentioned how fast these variables change. I'n real-time it incredible how fast you can lose track and in that split second is when your opponent moves in. For example I used to miss when a player is pot-committed, just didn't realise and in that instant I make the biggest mistake and try to bluff cost me a tourney. But just a fraction of a second is all it take to utter "call".