Many poker players are surprised to find out that the game isn’t just about making the best hand, but also bluffing and getting your opponents to react in ways that benefit you. This is known as game theory optimal (GTO) play, and it’s a great way to improve your chances of winning the most money in the long run.
GTO play is based on a mathematically-based model, which is the foundation for all of the strategy that poker players use today. GTO play is a highly disciplined approach to the game, and it is used by some of the best players in the world to maximize their profits over time.
A GTO player is careful to read the actions of other players, and makes sure that they are not exposing themselves to any unnecessary risk. This means that they will play tighter hands, and bluff less often. While this might sound counter-intuitive, it is the most effective way to win a lot of money over the long term.
All players are entitled to a reasonable estimation of their opponent’s chip stack (Rule 25). A player may request a more precise count on any other player when it is their turn to act, and the dealer or floor will do so as soon as possible. Visible and countable chip stacks greatly improve counting accuracy. Players may not talk on their phone at the table, and ring tones, music and other noises are forbidden in order to prevent disruption to other players.