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Our own interview with Michael Acevedo

17/03/2020 by D&B Poker

Modern Poker Theory has become an immediate bestseller. Why do you think it has proved to be such a success?

My goal when writing the book was to make the topic of game theory accessible to a wider audience by focusing on a visual representation of the data, and not using as much math as other theory books. This is to show people that GTO is not some untouchable thing that only the super high-roller wizards know, but in fact something that can be used by anyone to become a stronger player.

The subtitle of your book is “Building an unbeatable strategy based on GTO principles”. Do you think that playing GTO is the most important skill a poker player can learn?

There are many different things that make a successful poker player. Some players can win (for a while) without mastering the fundamentals or even understanding very well why they are winning. However, the players who are successful over a period of time all work on their game in one way or another. As time goes by and the average player becomes stronger, being fundamentally sound is more important than ever.

GTO is a big complex subject. How should a player go about understanding and learning GTO?

I would start by reading a book with good explanations, but there are also training materials, videos and articles that can help. Getting a GTO solver and toying with it also helps.

The description of the book states: “Next time you are at a table some of the players will have studied Modern Poker Theory and some won’t. The players who have studied Modern Poker Theory will, without doubt, have a better theoretical and practical understanding of No-Limit Hold’em. They will be the favorites in the game. Make sure you are one of them.”

The key is clearly to be one step ahead of your opponent(s) and, in that sense, poker becomes similar to chess. Do you think that one day poker will be a solved game, or dominated by AI, as chess has become?

If you are talking about online poker then probably “yes” at some point. Live poker however will probably remain viable for longer and maybe forever.

Do you have plans to write another book on the subject of GTO. If so, what do you think it would cover?

Right now I am not 100% sure but if I write MPT 2 it will focus on postflop play for both NL Cash and MTTs.