Professional poker player David Apostolico has written the book, Tournament Poker and the Art of War (Lyle Stuart), applying the warfare principles of Chinese general Sun-tzu to poker.
Apostolico says its a book to develop a mindset, a philosophical strategic approach, to playing games like Texas Hold Em.
He provides passages from Sun-tzu like: It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemys one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; and if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two. Then, Apostolico provides analogous situations in the game.
Although chess is known for being the game that taught kings the art of warfare, Apostolico believes that poker is a better game because the money and the emotional components of the game give it higher psychological stakes.
Hes also written an upcoming book on tournament poker based on Machiavellis principles, but when it comes to tournament playing, Apostolico would gamble Sun-Tzu would have been the better player.
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