- MTT Hold'em are the most lucrative form of poker to play.
- NL Hold'em is a highly difficult and complex game to master.
- The professionals in big MTTs have significant edges over most other players (read: you).
- A newbie can take away much the pros' edges by playing a tight shove-or-fold strategy against them.
Anyway, I digress. Long time readers of this blog know that I'm a little obsessed with the concept of Edge. I've used this obsession to create a systematic approach to studying and improving, which I am convinced has made a huge impact on my game. In a nutshell, I believe there are three basic categories of Edge that professional players have mastered: Preparation, Technical Skills, and Emotional Control. Each of these three categories can then be subdivided into three constituent parts, which means there are a total of nine key edges that the professionals have mastered (see the ABC Edge drop-down tab at the top of this blog's homepage for more info...). If you want to learn to beat poker, you have to learn and master each of these.
As you can see, there's a lot of overlap and agreement with the other two lists with mine, but there's also areas that are missing in those two, too. In other words, try as I might, I haven't yet found any significant edge or skill that is missing from my nine. Said another way, if you want to learn to crush the game, you really should focus on mastering these nine Edges of poker. It's worked for me. It will work for you.
All-in for now...
*the term "Phil" in this context means big name poker professionals in general, such as Phil Ivey, Phil Helmuth, Phil Galfond, Phil Gordon, et phil al...