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Learning GTO Poker is no longer something that only matters to advanced players. Even if you’re relatively new to the game, it’s important that you learn the fundamentals of GTO poker. I’ve heard players say things like: “GTO doesn’t apply to my game. I just focus on exploiting my opponents.” These players don’t get it....

Let's start with a simple definition of GTO Poker or Game Theory Optimal strategy: GTO poker is the scenario where both players are playing perfectly, and neither one can improve his strategy any further. While it's true that you will rarely be up against an opponent who is playing perfectly, if you're not careful, he might still choose a better strategy than yours! Thus, another way to thing about this, is that you want to choose a strategy...

When to Apply GTO versus Exploitative Let’s begin with a fitting metaphor from the book How to be a Poker Player by the nosebleed HU expert Haseeb Qureshi (aka InternetPokers aka dogishead): Keep your ship fortified where your attention cannot reach, and in the places that your attention is active and continual, that’s where you want to be playing exploitably and opening yourself up to attack. Because your own attention is limited, it is a valuable defensive strategy...