Monday, February 21, 2005

Poker Player Declares War On Tournament Poker

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – For some card sharks, poker is an all-out war, and now one author is taking it to that level.

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 it’s 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 enemy’s 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.

He’s also written an upcoming book on tournament poker based on Machiavelli’s principles, but when it comes to tournament playing, Apostolico would gamble Sun-Tzu would have been the better player.

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