Poker has been played for a long time, but the invention of the last fifty years, the TRP strategy, has become a real revolution. This is a unique solution for a strong player. The methodology simultaneously uses mathematical tools, probability theory, and even elements of psychology (it is based on the element of unpredictability and variability of poker decisions).
A lot of books and materials have been written about such a strategy, for its development you need good knowledge of poker theory and practice. But below we will try to reveal the basic principles and secrets of a successful TRP poker model.
What is TRP Poker
First, a little theory. The TRP model itself came from the creation of Nobel Laureate from Princeton John Nash. It was this mathematician who invented the theory of games. He was the first to speak of the fact that in such poker games it is foolish to limit oneself exclusively to mathematics, because an important psychological factor is connected.
The TRP uses the concept of expected value, the expected result of the game. This indicator should always be positive, only in this case the party can be considered profitable. At the same time, each gaming solution at the table has its own EV. And with a positive indicator, the decision is considered profitable, and with a negative indicator - a losing one.
And the TRP is based on the fact that for a good and successful game a poker player must be able to balance between such positive and negative decisions. Adding negative EV to your game play helps confuse rivals. Opponents will not know what you will do in the next round of bidding. At the same time, if you observe a positive final result, then the strategy can be called generally correct and profitable.
Determining the EV of each decision is relatively difficult, for this there are whole tables and even poker software. They help determine the mathematical expectation of each game action and significantly simplify the life of poker beginners.
Why is the TRP much better than simple poker math? This is easy to follow by the example of game ranges. Suppose you use the rule that you only raise with strong hands according to this table of range of hands. But your opponent may also have the same sign, which means that he already knows when you have a really good hand. You are easy to read, which means you just win.
The TRP follows a slightly different path. By observing the positive final EV, you add game actions with a negative mathematical expectation. Thus, your range may be unique, and opponents will not be able to predict your next action at the table. You will become a really difficult opponent.
Advantages and disadvantages of the model
The advantages of the TRP model include its following features:
- You will always win over long distances. If you observe a positive EV, then sooner or later the game will make a profit.
- In-depth analysis with a retrospective. Using the TRP, you will constantly develop, bringing the profitability of your poker career closer.
- You can adjust the strategy by changing your range of hands. Perfect for those who perfect their bluff (the example of Dag Polk is considered a textbook).
- You do not need to guess whether you win or not. Following the rules, you will always be in the black.
But the TRP strategy is very difficult to master - this is its main drawback, which can be easily overcome by constant practice and training.