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Liz Montizanti Explains the Psychology of Poker

Liz at the table

Here is round Two with Liz the Professional Poker Player.  Here we go more in depth on psychological strategies, betting strategies, risk analysis, fish analogies, sharks, wales, tanks, the works.  Liz explains that the best part of playing is going up against really good players and learning to better her own game.

Here is a quick summery of how psychology plays in from a synopsis of the book “The Psychology of Poker” by Alan Schoonmaker;


“Poker demands many skills and strategies. To be successful, you must be able to master all of them and then apply them at the appropriate times. They include proper hand selection, bluffing, semi-bluffing, understanding tells and telegraphs, and reading hands. These skills do not come easily since they require unnatural actions. You cannot win just by “doing what comes naturally,” Dr. Schoonmaker is concerned “only with the way that psychological factors affect your own and your opponents’ ability to play properly. For example, have you ever wondered why some players seem extremely aggressive while others are passive? Why some are tight and others loose? Furthermore, have you ever wondered why some tactics seem to come naturally to you while others don’t? This text will answer many of these questions. It will explain why you and your opponents play the way you do. The author also suggests strategic adjustments that you should make to improve your results against different types of players, and he suggests personal adjustments that will help you to play better and enjoy the game more.”

The Psychology of Poker from Google Books


Science By Number explores Poker with Elizabeth Montizanti, a Pro Poker Player

Elizabeth in her game zone

Elizabeth in her game zone

Elizabeth is an actual Professional Poker Player and Science By Number had lots of questions about what the game involves. We got a short statistics lesson, and even a book recommendation titled “The Mathematics of Poker”  written by a BlackJack Player.  I’m already lost.

Jen plays poker as an amateur, Jes has never played.  This was a huge learning curve for Jes, and hopefully enough fundamental questions were posed  to call out to the beginning poker players out there.

The dynamics of Poker actually pulls on a very wide range of disciplines.  A lot of it is psychological and involves risk analysis. Does it help to know Math, Game Theory, and Mathematical Economics?   Not really, in fact, the best one can do is to practice and dedicate many many many hours to learning how to read risks, other peoples’ behaviors, and read a sense of the dynamics going on at the table.  Intuition may serve far much better than raw critical analysis.

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