Las Vegas Gambling Tips – Poker Theory vs. Reality — Part Two (Continued)

Las Vegas Gambling Tips – Poker Theory vs. Reality — Part Two (Continued)

Las Vegas Gambling Tips: Poker Theory vs. Reality — Part Two (Continued)

On The Town With Vegas Vic
By: Victor H. Royer

Welcome to Las Vegas! My name is Victor H. Royer, but everyone just calls me Vegas Vic. I was named after that famous neon sign in Downtown Las Vegas, that cowboy with the hat on top of the Pioneer Club, always waving his hand and beckoning to his long love, Sassy Sally, on the other side of the street. I will be writing a few articles for, so I hope you enjoy them.

This article is continued from Poker Theory vs. Reality — Part Two (Continued)


Poker Theory vs. Reality — Part Two (Continued)

Basically, in simple terms, successfully navigating your way through tournament poker requires you to be able to consider each and every circumstance on its own merits within that particular instance, and therefore to be able to completely disregard the past occurrences or any distracting “established concepts of thinking”, and instead apply nonlinear thinking to the problem at hand — knowing full well that your goal is to achieve a winning situation not just here and now, but towards the final championship of that tournament.

Winning first place is the goal of any tournament, and everything else is therefore only a process to that end. It is during this process that many people fail precisely because they have invested their concept of success on that very same overreliance on such traditional thinking. That, therefore, is the chasm between the theory and the reality.

As long as you are able to differentiate between theoretical thinking and applied workability, and thus are also able to entirely divorce yourself from any such reliance on traditional concepts or such thinking, you will thus become free to consider the problem at hand and act upon it based upon the information as it is available to you in that instant, instead of coloring it with pre-acquired and preconceived prejudices which create for you intellectual baggage that can often prevent you from being able to act accurately towards your goals in that moment and within sight of the objective, knowing that this instant is one amongst many during the course of that process.

Although I am aware that this can be difficult for a great many people, the proof of its success can easily be seen in those named and famous players who are now winning major events, including WPT and WSOP championships and tournaments. Even past champions who were able to recognize the changing nature and texture of poker tournaments have also been able to apply such principles and as a result continue their success to this day. Many such famous champions have said this many times, including Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, Eric Lindgren, Barry Greenstein and many others, all of whom agreed that the game of tournament poker has changed considerably and that in the modern 21st century method and manner of playing it, particularly Texas Hold’Em, old ways of playing and thinking mostly no longer apply.

Even players who are great mathematical scholars, such as world champion Chris Ferguson, have realized that to be continuously successful in combating the ever increasing influx of modern-day freewheeling players, reliance on traditionally understood methods vested in mathematics and statistics alone are not necessarily always applicable to continued and continuing success.

It is the very nature of the multitude of variables in tournament Texas Hold’Em that within itself defies mathematical applicability, up to a point. I have always said in my books that I consider mathematics and statistics to be useful tools, kind of like signposts to the road ahead, but that the road to such successes is usually dark and that therefore unless you have some light to shine upon the sign you could miss it altogether, or not understand what it says, and as a result run off that road. Therefore, consider what I have here stated as a flashlight for you to use to shine the light upon the sign of mathematics and statistics so that all of these concepts put together, and their applicable workability, converge to always illuminate the road upon which you have embarked, and lead you to stay on the straight and narrow and reach the goal and point of this process to that victory you seek.

Victor H. Royer, known as Vegas Vic, is the author of 42 books. Mostly known for books, articles, and columns on casino games and gambling, he is also the author of New Casino Slots, Great Gamblers: True Stories and Amazing Facts, The Great American Joke Book, as well as his works of Fiction, which include: Another Day, and the Western: Riders on the Wind. Versatile and multitalented, Royer is the creator, producer, and host of the Web-TV show Great Casino Slots, now showing at He also composes music and performs under the names Glenn Diamond, Pappy Jones, Hans Dorfmann, and Miguel Armandaiz. For more information, please visit him at and Sign up for the Insider Advantage Newsletter at:

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