Game theory means having a plan for each of your opponents reactions.
A good plan ensures that you will be prepared for anything. Preparation is key to success.
FOCUS ON THE SIMPLEST OUTCOMES
When making your plan, focus on the simplest outcomes.
What will you do if your opponent checks, bets, calls, or raises?
This can make playing a marginal hand easier.
For example if you have a mid-pair you can plan to bet, and then fold if you get raised.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
A QUICK & EASY PLAN WORKS
Get used to formulating quick plans when you get involved in hands.
Your plan does not have to be too detailed or completely thought out.
With a conscious effort to do this, it will soon become second nature.
FINER POINTS OF YOUR PLAN
Here are some other factors to plan for as you become more confident in your decision making.
A plan for your bets. When betting, know if you are betting with intentions of calling a raise, or folding to a raise.
A plan for bet sizes. The size of an opponents bet, or the size you plan to make your bet are important things to consider. Often the size of your bet can induce an opponent to call, fold, or even bluff.
Changing your plan. It is important to remember that it’s okay to change your plan on the fly. This is especially true if something unexpected happens.