Poker is not just a game of cards.
Modern online poker is played over multiple virtual tables simultaneously, with decisions for significant sums of money taking place every second of every day. In Pot-Limit Omaha poker, my game of choice, we play 70 hands per table per hour. The average pot size each hand in a $2/$5 stakes game is around $200. If you play 7 tables at once, a minimum for many professional players, you will play 500 hands an hour, and make at least 1 decision per hand. A professional poker player makes thousands of micro-decisions per hour for many thousands of dollars. With so much at stake, even a small percentage advantage in decision-making skill compounds to a significant profit over time for the astute player. (more…)