Poker champion David Apostolico has written the book Machiavellian Poker Strategy (Lyle Stuart) to teach a ruthless approach to playing poker based on the teachings in Nicolo Machiavellis The Prince.
Apostolico says anything short of cheating is fair game in poker, but the point is to keep your opponents happy, but still manipulate them.
He says you need to imagine that youre the prince and theyre your subjects while you put pearls of wisdom into play like: An opportunity can arise from the unawareness of the enemy, which frequently becomes obscured after a victory and gives you the occasion to attack him.
Another of Machiavellis adages is to judge by results, but as Apostolico says, dont expect to see results right away. He says it will take several months for poker buffs playing cash games as opposed to tournament games to see the Machiavelli approach start to pay off.
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